Federal Funds Rate

January Outlook: New Year, Old Concerns—but Will Potential Falling Interest Rates Buoy All? December 28, 2023 2:17 PM   |  

December delivered early gifts for investors, including a new all-time high for the Dow, retreating Treasury yields, and a Fed pivot on interest rates. But yet another debt ceiling countdown, new numbers on consumer borrowing, and the start of Q4 earnings season could make for a sobering start to the year.

4 min read  |  Sector Outlooks
2024 Market Outlook: Widening the Lens December 15, 2023 12:49 PM   |  

Wondering what stocks and bonds may do next year? Schwab's experts give their opinions in the 2024 market outlook.

4 min read  |  Market Insights
The Federal Reserve Pivots to Easing December 13, 2023 6:27 PM   |  

The Federal Reserve's latest decision suggests that policymakers are encouraged by lower inflation and may pivot to rate cuts in 2024.

4 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Dow Ends at Record High as Fed Fuels Broad Rally December 13, 2023 5:11 PM   |  

The Fed ended its two-day policy meeting with interest rates unchanged and signaled slower growth and lower inflation may lead to multiple rate cuts in 2024.

4 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Fixed Income Outlook: The Rocky Road Bond Market December 6, 2023 3:07 PM   |  

Although some volatility may continue, we believe interest rates have peaked. We expect lower Treasury yields and positive returns for investors in 2024.

6 min read  |  Market Insights
Another Rate Hike Bites the Dust November 1, 2023 7:14 PM   |  

With unanimity, the Fed opted to keep the fed funds rate unchanged but remains attentive to the idea that inflation risk should still be paid attention to.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Where Is the U.S. Dollar Headed? October 2, 2023 1:36 PM   |  

Expectations of "higher for longer" U.S. interest rates has helped drive the dollar's recent rally.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Fed Pauses but Projects One More Hike This Year September 20, 2023 8:26 PM   |  

The September Federal Reserve meeting provided few surprises, but ongoing uncertainty about the Fed's next move may mean more volatility ahead.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Bond Duration: What You Need to Know About Interest Rate Risk August 1, 2023 12:06 PM   |  

Discover the importance of bond duration as interest rates continue to rise in the United States. Read about the definition and how it gauges interest rate risk.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Fed Raises Rates, Leaves Door Open to More Hikes July 26, 2023 6:14 PM   |  

In a unanimous decision, Federal Reserve policymakers raised the federal funds rate to 5.5%, the highest point since 2001.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Fed Holds but Projects More Hikes to Come June 14, 2023 6:44 PM   |  

With unanimity, the Federal Open Market Committee held the federal funds rate in its current range, but updated projections suggest this rate-hike cycle is not yet over.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Connecting the Dots: Investor Guide to Tracking Fed Policy Projections with the Dot-Plot December 9, 2022 11:37 AM   |  

The Fed provides a quarterly “dot plot” with its monetary policy projections for the next several years that can help investors glean the Fed’s thinking about the future.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
Industrial and Precious Metals Investing: Linking Money, Value, and Economic Growth August 25, 2022 10:57 AM   |  

The industrial and precious metals market is a key component for investing, trading, and understanding the market. Learn how this market may affect economic growth and sentiment.

4 min read  |  Futures
Fed Raises Key Rate 75 Basis Points Promising More to Come June 15, 2022 5:49 PM   |  

The Federal Reserve responded to last week’s hotter-than-expected CPI report and colder-than-expected consumer sentiment report by raising the overnight rate 75 basis points.

5 min read  |  Federal Reserve
What Are Treasury Rates and Why Do They Matter? July 2, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Treasury rates can be thought of as the backbone of the global economy. You can use the yield curve, which is a measure of interest rate expectations, to get an idea of economic conditions and trends.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Interest Rates Edging Higher; Is It Time to Consider Annuities? October 11, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Annuities might be a good way to protect principal or guarantee retirement income. Learn how rising interest rates might affect annuity rates.

3 min read  |  Annuities
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