Investors and Traders Await Interest Rate Hikes

Rate hikes on the way

The Federal Reserve recently announced that interest rate hikes likely, causing trading and investing to slow. Fed Chairwoman, Janet Yellen will most likely announce increases later this week, with several more expected throughout 2017. Rates will likely increase 0.75-1.00 percent, initially, according to a Reuters report.
The Fed’s announcement considerably slowed the recent tech and industrial market rally Wall Street has been experiencing. Investors and securities traders are waiting to see how these increased rates will affect market holdings.

What’s the hype on the hike?

Fed Chairwoman, Janet Yellen, has been hinting that rate hikes should be expected for 2017. Economists use current and projected job growth as well as U.S. economic strength as determining factors in determining interest rate hikes.
Recent reports on the U.S. Labor market indicate that the economy is able to sustain a series of interest rate hikes. Generally interest rate hikes correlate with a strengthening U.S. dollar.

Cause for concern?

While interest rate hikes typically indicate a strengthening economy, domestic and global political issues along with economic concerns at home and abroad have caused investors and trading experts to watch closely for the expected rate hike announcement.
Despite a record-reaching post-election market rally, optimism has waned on Wall Street. Although traders and broker-dealers expressed excitement for expected deregulation under the Trump Administration, excitement has turned to anxiety under lack of policy detail.
Also, despite a strengthening dollar, Reuters reports that gold prices have surged under uncertainty over European markets.

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Don’t let market wariness be an intimidater. The best thing you can do as an investor is be prepared. Savage Villoch, PLLC is here to serve our investor clients. If you have questions or concerns about how an expected rate hike will come into effect or want to learn more about protecting your investments, contact us today.

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