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Worries Over Rising Interest Rates Plague Investors
It had to happen sometime. Stocks declined last week after five straight weeks of gains amidst fears that the Federal Reserve Board could increase interest rates sooner than had been expected. For the week, stocks dropped about 1%. Economic reports fueled the concern, including strong August retail sales and the best consumer-outlook numbers in a year.
We’ll know more about Fed intentions this week after the Fed’s policy-setting committee meeting. Should it signal higher rates, bonds are likely to experience a sell-off since rising rates depress bond prices.