What The End Of Fed Rate Hikes Really Means For Investors

What The End Of Fed Rate Hikes Really Means For Investors

Posted On February 5, 2019 3:40 pm

There’s no denying that one of the biggest worries investors had in 2018, and a big cause of the sharpest correction in a decade, was the Fed hiking rates so aggressively (four times). In fact, the Fed’s December rate guidance and Powell’s comment that the balance sheet roll off was on “autopilot” is largely what caused the S&P 500 to plunge to its December 24th lows (19.8% from the September 20th high).

Well, investors prayer’s have been answered and the Fed has announced its steady rate hike plan is done with. But while Wall Street has reacted with predictable enthusiasm, smart investors know that the world is more complicated than what you hear on CNBC or Fox Business.

So let’s take a look at what the Fed’s plans for interest rates actually are, and more importantly what that really means for your portfolio, both in 2019 and well beyond.

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I'm an Army veteran and former energy dividend writer for The Motley Fool. I'm a proud co-founder of Wide Moat Research, Dividend Kings, and the Intelligent Dividend Investor. My work can be found on Seeking Alpha, Dividend Kings, iREIT, and the Intelligent Dividend Investor. My goal is to help all people learn how to harness the awesome power of dividend growth investing to achieve their financial dreams and enrich their lives. With 24 years of investing experience, I've learned what works and more importantly, what doesn't, when it comes to building long-term wealth and income streams and achieving long-term financial goals.

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