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Rising Interest Rates & the Market

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Today’s relatively sharp market sell-off is generating a lot of discussion around the impact of rising interest rates on financial markets. Although there are legitimate concerns that the Federal Reserve’s interest rate increases could reduce demand for relatively riskier asset classes like stocks and slow the economy more than expected, it is our view that these concerns are outweighed by other, more positive factors. Our outlook is rooted in the continuing underlying corporate and economic strength domestically, as well as a longer-term contextual view of why interest rates are rising in the first place.

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Approach the Yield With Caution

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Some deals might be too good to be true, and when it comes to investing, a healthy amount of skepticism is important in order to differentiate the deals from the duds.

With persistently low rates right now, yield-starved investors have been looking for more ways to boost their returns. The 10-year Treasury yield is hovering around 1.5%, and equities offering yields of 5% or more have become even more attractive in this environment as a result. Should investors just take the plunge then and expect a big return with these investments?

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