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  1. Rate Hike Rally

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    Fri, 27 Feb 2015

    the bonds of nuance and innuendo the market attaches to Fed language. Her emphasis was clear—the Fed will raise the federal funds rate when economic data support the move, a decision I foresee taking place during its Sept. 16-17 meeting. In the meantime

  2. Trading Secrets: Our Destiny of Self-Deception

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    Thu, 26 Feb 2015

    very cause of it. Over the past four years the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has almost doubled while the targeted federal funds rate has stayed within the committee’s 0.0%-0.25% band. This unprecedented policy has been the driving force behind

  3. Municipal Bonds in 2015: Time to Get Back to Basics

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    Tue, 24 Feb 2015

    rates in 2015, the first time the Fed has increased the fed funds rate since 2006. Because of this shift in monetary policy, we ..... bonds. Investors may be concerned that a potential rising fed funds rate will lead to increased volatility for long-term municipal

  4. The Glass Ceiling on Rates

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    Fri, 20 Feb 2015

    pacing of a federal funds rate hike. The ..... value for the fed funds rate —the point ..... Terminal Fed Funds Rate Falls as Debt ..... historical terminal fed funds rate and the leverage ..... Terminal Federal Funds Rate at the End

  5. Keep a Clear Head About Higher Interest Rates

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    Fri, 20 Feb 2015

    term rates need to be about where inflation is, and right now it's pretty low. It's probably about 1%, but the Fed funds rate is still under that. I think the rates need to approach each other to be a normal economy. And at some point, it's going

    Fed Funds Rate found at 2:42

    and right now it's pretty low. It's probably about 1%, but the Fed funds rate is still under that. I think the rates need to approach each other to be a normal economy. And at some point,
  6. The Bond Market in 2015: Mind the (Price) Gaps

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    Thu, 12 Feb 2015

    transition After six years of near-zero short-term interest rates, it appears that the Fed is poised to increase the fed funds rate sometime in 2015 (Exhibit A). Although inflation still remains below the Fed’s 2% target, the U.S. economy continues

  7. No Reason to Fear the Fed

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    Thu, 12 Feb 2015

    market is afraid nonetheless. The concern that interest rates could rise a lot stems from past Fed moves. Last time the fed funds rate (the central bank’s goal for short-term rates) went up, in 2004, it soared from 1% to 5.25%. The time before

  8. JAForlines: Markets in Motion™

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    Thu, 12 Feb 2015

    curve to flatten too severely in the intermediate term, which should support mortgage REITS, but the impending threat of a Fed Funds rate hike may lead to some volatility, leading us to trim our exposure. JFG Team JAForlines, LLC Investment Management AdvisorRelations

  9. Is the Long Wait for an Interest Rate Increase Getting Longer?

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    Fri, 6 Feb 2015

    In keeping with the Fed’s mandate of “maximum employment and price stability,” the agency said it would retain the federal funds rate at the current target range of zero to 0.25%. In an indication of where it is headed, the Fed said it “can be patient

  10. Falling Oil Prices: No Worry

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    Mon, 2 Feb 2015

    producing countries and energy/commodity trading hedge companies that use leverage. The U.S. Federal Reserve raises the fed funds rate (affecting short-term interest) and the 10-year rate declines because of deflationary pressures, so the yield curve flattens . This

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