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On the latest “Behind the Markets” podcast, Jeremy Schwartz and Professor Jeremy Siegel interviewed James Bullard, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis about the last week’s Fed meeting and the outlook for monetary policy.

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Professor Siegel had the honor to speak with Janet Yellen live at the University of Pennsylvania last week in her first interview outside of Washington since she stepped down as chair of the Fed.

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The final two months of 2016 have delivered plenty of excitement for investors. First, there was Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the November presidential election. Then the Federal Reserve finally got around to raising interest rates.
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On Wednesday afternoon the Federal Reserve raised rates by 25 basis points, effectively raising its target band for the Federal Funds Rate to 25−50 bps. A widely anticipated move, it is an important and positive development for risk markets such as equities in that it removes a level of uncertainty.

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Professor Siegel made a call for a 10% correction in the markets roughly three weeks ago, which was followed by over a 10% selloff in the S&P 500 Index.

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Ronald Reagan, in his first run against Jimmy Carter, is well remembered for asking voters whether they were better off than four years earlier. Given that the Dow Industrials broke into record territory, investors might also ask whether they are better off than nearly five and a half years ago, when the Dow last hit an all-time high.
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