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There's a great deal of conversation happening now about the Federal Reserve's intention to raise interest rates. If you've heard about these announcements or even all of the speculation leading up to them, you may be wondering what it means to you. It's perfectly fine to be concerned about these changes especially if you notice the value of your portfolio changing in the short term. But, it also helps to understand the connection between the Federal Reserve and the stock market? How does one relate to the other?
What You Need to Know About the Fed
The Federal Reserve is the big bank in the U.S. The decisions this bank makes impact a great deal of financial matters within the country. In fact, the Fed's job is to help keep the country on a path towards financial stability. There are plenty of politicians that will tell you how corrupt it is. There are others that will tell you it is not. The bottom line is, the Fed's decisions will impact what happens to your portfolio because they directly impact the stock market's investors.
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