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The Fed Slams on the Brakes

On Wednesday (9/21) the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted unanimously to lift their benchmark Fed Funds rate another 75bps (0.75%), bringing it into a new target range of 3.00-3.25%, a level last seen in 2008. This rate move was anticipated by most investors. What wasn’t anticipated as much was the future direction of Fed Funds rate policy that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell described in the post-meeting news conference.

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The 2022 Bear is Official

It’s official – the S&P 500 stock index is in bear market territory. A bear market is defined as a 20% drop “from most recent peak to trough.” The peak was January 3rd. The 20% trough was reached last Monday, June 13th, thus triggering what we’ve felt all along – that it’s been a tough go for investors in 2022.

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Market Worries? This Time It's Different?

When markets drop, anxiety increases. It’s normal human behavior. Add in the backdrop of war, a humanitarian crisis, mass shootings, and economic worries, and it’s natural to wonder what the impact on investment performance will be. Should we be doing something different with our investment dollars?

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Treasury I Bonds Are a Great Option for Extra Cash

US Treasury Series I Savings Bonds (“I Bonds”) currently offer an attractive opportunity for savers to take advantage of nearly risk-free return yields of more than 7%. If there is a silver lining in the current inflation cloud it is that I Bonds yields also rise with inflation, which has led to a recent surge in their popularity from relative obscurity. This presents an opportunity to invest your extra cash at a great yield, but you need to act by April 28 to lock in at the great rate.

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Cybersecurity Protection Tips

The Bad: Cybersecurity attacks continue to be on the rise. Russian retaliation, tax scams, and changes in business operations during the pandemic are some of the reasons why cyber-attacks are increasing and projected to continue. The Good: Phishing emails and weak passwords still remain the top initial attack vectors. Why is this good news? Because it means that we still have some control in protecting ourselves. Understanding human behavior, educating ourselves in areas of cybersecurity, and taking diligent measures will always remain the first line of defense.

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