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Balance Sheet Reduction September 25 , 2017

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) met last week to discuss the state of the economy and decide on the direction of short-term interest rates. As expected the FOMC left short-term rates unchanged. It...

Diverging Viewpoints…Who Wins? July 17 , 2017

At the beginning of the year, the bond market and the Federal Reserve seemed to be on the same page as far as the outlook for interest rate increases this year.  As the year progressed, the two viewpoints diverged...

No More Stress for You July 03 , 2017

Last week, the Federal Reserve released its findings for the annual “stress tests” for 34 major banks and brokerage firms.  These tests run what-if scenarios for liquidity, capital adequacy, and the broad ability to...