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Higher for Longer?

In the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, participants confirmed their stance that rates are likely to stay higher for longer. This is even after they raised rates 5.25% from their lows in the early 2020’s. Moreover, the Fed thinks that future short-term growth could be muted, raising the question of when will they cut rates to stimulate growth? As always, we are not going to try and time the top/bottom/direction of any cycle. With this said, we do have an opinion on what one can do in a higher-for-longer rate environment. (1) Try and keep your debt levels manageable and consider expecting the rate on this debt to be higher for a longer period of time. (2) Consider money market funds for cash positions. Not all funds are created equal so reviewing the safety of these funds is important. (3) Expect more volatility in markets, and try not to make any emotional decisions that could negatively affect your long term plan. (4) Consider fixed income (bonds) to lock in rates that are much more attractive than even two years ago. (5) If interest rates do fall, stocks could benefit considerably. Therefore, if you are investing for the long-term, don’t assume the 4-5% you are making on a money market fund will last forever – consider moving some of this longer-term money into a balanced portfolio.​​​

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