Jeff Reeves’s Strength in Numbers: 5 smart ways for investors to fight the Fed

It’s difficult to pin the stock market’s volatility on just one catalyst, but the Federal Reserve and its changing monetary policies certainly play a big role.

Not that the Fed is making waves. The Federal Open Market Committee meeting this week once again validated the expected, gradual pace of interest rate increases. The latest bump to 1.75% from 1.5% marks the sixth 0.25% increase in roughly 2 1/2 years, and investors should expect two more hikes in 2018 based on consistent commentary from the central bank.

What may be worrying investors now is that the Fed got a bit more aggressive in its outlook for rate hikes in 2019 and 2020.

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