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A Brief Investment Comment

Posted by Roland G. Caldwell, Founder

After eight years of focusing on Yellen and short term interest rates, it may be hard for some in the financial business to remember that it is only in recent years that the Fed has assumed a larger role in economic policy making and thereby has become an influential factor in securities markets and price making.  In the past, free markets always set both long and short interest rates, with the Fed merely reacting in an attempt to keep financial markets stable. The Fed’s dual mandate to seek to maximize employment and facilitate economic growth was always reactive rather than pro-active and properly so.

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