Raffa Wealth Management’s Answer to Rising Interest Rates

raising-interest-ratesJanet Yellen recently made a highly anticipated speech at the Economic Policy Symposium where it was expected she would provide more clarity on the Fed’s future path on interest rates.

She stated that, “in light of the continued solid performance of the labor market and our outlook for economic activity and inflation, I believe the case for an increase in the federal-funds rate has strengthened in recent months.” This outlook moved investor expectations for an interest rate increase before year end from unlikely to likely. It would be the second interest rate increase the Fed has undertaken since holding rates near zero for close to seven years. Continue reading

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August Jobs Report Missed Expectations

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through September 6th

Markets rose over the week as the jobs data did provide additional support for a US rate hike in September. The S&P 500 and Dow both gained 0.5% for the week.  Internationally, Europe gained 2.0% and Japan jumped 3.4% for the week.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond edged down to finish at 1.60%. Continue reading

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Ep 8. – So, What Makes Great Organizations “Great” Anyway?

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In this Lead. Learn. Thrive. podcast episode, Raffa’s Karen Schuler, Managing Director, Search, Transition & Planning, talks with Tony Cancelosi, President and CEO of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, as he shares his experience running successful for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

The key take away from this podcast is people are the backbone of all great organizations. Continue reading

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Durable Goods Orders Bounced Back in July

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 27th

Stocks fell over the week as investors saw an interest rate hike from the fed as more likely. The S&P 500 eased 0.7% and the Dow ticked down 0.8% for the week; their largest declines since the Brexit vote.  Abroad, Europe rose 1.1%, while Japan fell 1.1% for the week.  The yield on the 10 Year Treasury bond rose over the week to 1.63% with increased expectations for an interest rate increase.  It is at its highest yield since the Brexit vote. Continue reading

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Oil Rallied Over the Week

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through August 20th

US Stocks were relatively flat over the week as investors considered the potential for a Fed interest rate increase in September. The S&P 500 and Dow ticked down 0.1% for the week.  Internationally, Europe sank 1.7% and Japan fell 2.2%.  Oil has rallied rising 9% over the week on supply cut expectations.  The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond rose to 1.58%. Continue reading

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US GDP Below Expectations

Stocks were mixed over the last week of July on corporate earnings and weaker economic reports. The S&P 500 was flat, while the Dow fell 0.7% for the week.  Abroad Japan was off 0.4% and Europe rose 0.5% for the week.   The yield on the 10 year Treasury finished the month at 1.46% after starting July at 1.49%.  Oil has sunk from the $50 a barrel level seen in June to finish July at $41.60. Continue reading

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Ep 7. – Protecting Your Systems: Cyber Security in 2016

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Cyber Risk. Cyber Fraud. Phishing. Virus. Malware. Denial of Service. Ransomware. It is mission critical that executives are aware of what these terms mean and what their responsibility is when it comes to protecting their organization, members, employees and clients from cyber attacks. In this Lead. Learn. Thrive. podcast episode, Raffa’s Nate Solloway talks with Martin Nash from EagleBank about what executives should be concerned about when it comes to IT security, why they should be concerned and what steps they should be taking to prevent cyber attacks. Continue reading

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