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Reviewing 2021 While Looking Ahead

Peering into a crystal ball is an interesting challenge for obvious reasons. Nobody knows how the future will play out, and even if we did, gauging the market’s reaction to that future is impossible. For example, anyone who foresaw the devastating economic impact of the still-ongoing pandemic would have surely pulled their money from the stock market and missed the returns over the last two years. That being said, what are some major themes to watch for in the year ahead?

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Making Sense of the Fed

Like it or not, the Federal Reserve's actions (and sometimes just words) hold tremendous sway over the stock market and the economy. Their influence over the markets birthed the saying, “Don’t fight the Fed.” Recently, they released a statement about what they believe to be the future of their monetary policy in support of their stated goals: maximum employment and price stability. This post will examine what it means to investors in the coming year.

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Why Are CD Rates So Low?

As a purchaser of a CD, you are effectively lending money to the bank and the rate they are willing to pay will be slightly higher than the Federal Funds Rate. As such, as long as the Fed Funds Rate stays pinned to the floor as it currently is, do not expect the interest rates on CDs, money markets, or savings accounts to meaningfully budge.

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