As many of you know, the Open Market Committee for the Federal Reserve has eight scheduled meetings each year when the seven board members review the nation’s economic activity and set the federal funds rate’s target rate.
In this extraordinary year, the Fed may announce in September the results of its year-long policy review. The Fed’s focus has been where Americans might expect: examining inflation and employment as the nation recovers from the volatility that followed COVID-19.1,2
In recent scheduled meetings, the Fed has been working to determine its ultimate policy plan, with an emphasis placed on assessing the inflation rate. Federal Reserve inflation target is usually in the neighborhood of 2%, a higher percentage may be desirable, with the ultimate goal being economic growth.1
It’s not unusual to have questions or concerns about the Federal Reserve and how its policies may influence economic activity. While they have a significant influence on all other aspects of the economy, a well-considered financial strategy will have many of these factors taken into account. A conversation with your financial professional should answer many of your questions.
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As the United States sees a rise in cases of COVID-19 across the nation, news of two promising vaccines out of hundreds being tested has offered a ray of hope for a fatigued world.1
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