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Fed Takes Steps Toward Rising Rates

Rising Rates: The Fed Takes Next Step Toward Normal On December 14, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted unanimously to raise the federal funds rate by 0.25% — to a range of 0.50% to 0.75%. This was the second increase since December 2008, when the benchmark rate was lowered to a near-zero level (0% to 0.25%) during the Great Recession.1 The rate hike was widely anticipated by investors, and the only element of surprise was a change in the forecast for the federal funds rate. The median projection for the end of 2017 is 1.4%, up from 1.1% in September, which suggests that Fed officials now expect three additional rate increases in 2017 instead of two.2 As the financial markets pric

2016 Market Summary

What a year 2016 turned out to be! From hitting 3 year market lows in February to a powerful rebound and rally to new highs by year-end. The market reminded us again, the value of patience. Our patience and positioning through the turbulence paid off with solid results for 2016. Specific results for client accounts are reviewed during the year, but we will take a look at general markets for 2016 discussion. New York Stock Exchange: +8.13 *NYSE represents the largest stock exchange in world and many consider reflective of total markets Core Aggregate Bond Index: +0.32% **I shares core bond index, ticker AGG, represents Barclays US Aggregate Bond index and is widely used to show the total b

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