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Fed Funds Raised Rate a Quarter Percent

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 17th US stocks rose slightly over the week as the outcome of the Fed meeting was in line with expectations. The S&P 500 edged up 0.1% and the Dow rose 0.5% for … Continue reading

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Global Stocks Hit Fresh Record Highs

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through June 3rd Global stocks hit fresh record highs to end a strong week for world markets. Stock price gains were driven by corporate profits and signs of economic strength. The US, South Korea … Continue reading

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Consumer Confidence Hit Highest Level in 16 Years

US stocks had their best quarterly performance since the end of 2015 as investors moved from expecting changes in US policy to expecting stronger economy growth. For the week, the S&P 500 was up 0.8% and the Dow rose 0.3%.  … Continue reading

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Fed to Increase Funds Rate for 2nd Time in a Decade

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through December 17th US stocks were relatively flat over the week as the Fed’s projections on future interest rate increases weighed on markets. The S&P 500 edged down 0.1% and the Dow rose 0.4% … Continue reading

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Unemployment Claims Falls to Lowest Since 1973

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through November 19th US stocks continued to gain in the week following the election on positive expectations for the new administration, particularly the financial sector. The S&P 500 gained 0.8%, while the Dow ticked … Continue reading

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NASDAQ Jumped Driven by Technology and Biotech Companies

Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through September 17th US stocks gained over the week as investors reassessed the potential for a Fed rate hike in September. The S&P 500 rose 0.5% and the Dow gained 0.1%.  The NASDAQ jumped … Continue reading

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Raffa Wealth Management’s Answer to Rising Interest Rates

Janet 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 … Continue reading

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