The Federal Reserve Raised Its Benchmark Interest Rate a Quarter-Point

The three main takeaways from today’s rate hike:

  1. The outlook for 2019 changed from three rate increases to two
  2. There are early signs of an economic slow down (2-yr. treasury at 2.65 is relatively close to the 10-yr. at 2.75)
  3. The Fed Chair Powell said the central bank would continue to shrink its balance sheet

The central bank took the target range of the benchmark funds rate to 2.25%-2.5%

Thomas Frank reports in CNBC.com that the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 all hit new lows for 2018 after the Fed increased interest rates.

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/19/stock-markets-dow-futures-edge-higher-federal-reserve-rate-decision.html

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