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Don’t Freak Out Over the Fed Raising Rates

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The Federal Reserve just raised interest rates again, bumping up its short-term lending rate by a quarter-point on Wednesday, to 1.5%. It’s the third time the central bank has inched rates higher this year — and any time it does, it’s a closely watched and deeply analyzed move.

So why do investors turn Fed-watching into a spectator sport?

The Fed raises rates when it sees higher inflation due to a stronger economy. That usually correlates to lower unemployment and flusher pockets. When rates are rising, people have jobs and wages tend to go up. Consumers are out spending money, enjoying life and pushing up inflation.

It’s good times, in other words — but investors can be a nervous lot, always looking to the future.

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