NEWS WRAP - Third Federal Reserve Interest Rate Cut of 2019 - The Outlook for Retirement Savers.
The Federal Reserve has made its third interest rate cut of 2019, leaving the Federal Funds rate at between 1.5% and 1.75%. What, if anything, might this mean for your wealth and retirement plans.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told FOX4 that the move is designed "to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of global developments, and to provide some insurance against on-going risks".*
One of the more obvious benefits to financial services consumers in the US is the reduced cost of borrowing, whether it is for a car, as part of a home loan or part of business development loan.
However, retirement savers may well feel more ambivalent about the interest rate cut as it is likely to mean lower rates of return on fixed rate income-generating products as well as greater inflationary pressures over the longer term.
For those with a broad array of financial interests, the interest rate cut represents a useful moment to take stock of their circumstances and to take financial advice.
While the likelihood is that your 401(k) statement is looking more positive than one or two years ago, interest rate cuts are generally a sure sign of economic slowdown. Not that this means we are on the cusp of a bear market. It is more likely that the reserve is pre-emptively keeping the bear at bay and trying to stimulate growth at a time when a trade war with China is contributing to a gloomy outlook.
It is useful to remember that it has been fourteen years since the Federal Reserve made three interest rate cuts over the course of a calendar year. Previously, in 1995, a stagnant-seeming economy experienced a massive resurgence, with Standard & Poor's 500 stock index rising 251% over five years and global optimism abounding.**
In fact, over the course of 2019, the S&P index has already risen 20%, while Bloomberg's Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index has followed a similar trajectory, rising 8.3% rise over the same period.* *
Time to review your retirement accounts?
Should news of the latest Federal Reserve interest rate cut be the time to review your retirement accounts?
One great thing about 401(k)s is their flexibility. This means that you can adjust your investments to better reflect your current circumstances, risk tolerance and goals without needing to worry about the tax implications.
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