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Retiree Do's and Don'ts in a Rising-Rate Environment

Rising rates aren't an unmitigated evil for your finances and portfolio, but some perspective is in order.

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The Federal Reserve raised interest rates Wednesday and indicated that it's likely to increase rates twice more by year end. That brings the benchmark Fed funds rate up to 2%, its highest level since 2008. In a statement, the Fed noted that the economy was growing at a "solid rate," prompting the action--and expected further hikes--to bring interest rates back up to more normal levels.

The latest rate increase was widely anticipated in the market; long-term Treasuries, typically considered the most interest-rate sensitive of bond types, were flat last week. 

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