Government Policy

October 7, 2022

Understand how policy decisions coming out of Washington may impact financial markets and your investments. Or explore other investing topics:

Another Big Rate Hike: Does the Fed Have a Plan?

The Fed is determined to break the back of inflation by raising rates again and again—but at what cost to the economy, employment, and the markets? Is there a plan?

With Inflation Offsides, the Fed Keeps Hiking

As expected, the Federal Reserve raised its target range for the federal funds rate by 75 basis points to 3% to 3.25%, citing high inflation as its primary concern.

Investing Takeaways from Summer's Key Bills

Sweeping new laws passed by Congress this summer affect corporate taxes, clean energy, electric vehicles, semiconductor manufacturing, and more. What does it all mean for investors?

Home Is Where the Inflation Is

Central Banks relying on inflation measures based on rentals, rather than home prices, may persist in raising rates, applying more economic brakes despite easing home sales.

Will Rising Federal Debt Slow Economic Growth?

Over the past 70 years, rising government debt generally has been accompanied by weaker economic activity. But it's not a simple relationship.

When Interest Rates Rise, What Should You Do with Bonds?

Bonds can play an important role in your portfolio, but how do rising interest rates affect fixed income?

Five Big Issues Top Washington's To-Do List

With several key issues moving to the front burner in Washington, investors are asking questions about what they could mean to their finances now and into retirement.

Recession: Are We There Yet?

Investors are faced with an overload of data on jobs, inflation, energy prices, housing and more. But does it all add up to a recession?

Fed Gets Aggressive: What's It Mean for Investors?

Sticky inflation leads Fed to give rates a bigger bump. Could change be on the horizon for the economy and the markets?

Fighting Investing Fears in a Difficult Market

We can be our own worst enemy when emotional and behavioral factors drive our investing decisions. So how do we get past them and make sound choices?