As the summer quickly passes by and we head toward the fall, investors are increasingly turning their attention to the U.S. Federal Reserve. In one of the most deliberately managed and carefully broadcasted yet still somewhat suspenseful economic events in many years, the Fed is preparing to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. The move is significant because the Fed will be attempting to raise interest rates off of the so-called zero bound without shocking capital markets. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. And given the perceived importance of the event on the markets and investor portfolio, it is worthwhile to consider how to best monitor the Fed’s next move.
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