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Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - Weekly Market Update

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s press conference debut left equity markets rattled and wary about the expected timing for projected increases in short-term rates. A decision on when to raise rates was further complicated when the Fed announced it had reduced the importance of the unemployment rate. In confronting the need to further scale back and normalize the bond market while fueling the continued economic recovery, the Fed faces several challenges. Now is the time for investors to analyze the risk of their fixed income portfolios.

Institutional Investment & Fiduciary Services - Weekly Market Update

Markets Shrug Off Putin’s Push: The weakening ruble forced Russia’s central bank to take action in an effort to stabilize the currency and Russian stock market. Russia’s ability and willingness to withstand a sustained conflict is unknown. Only time will tell whether the impact on markets will be negligible or if this event will put downward pressure on markets.