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Fed Game Day—Change in the Air

The Federal Reserve concludes its two-day meeting on Wednesday.

A rate hike isn’t expected, but it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Fed will announce a plan to unwind its monthly bond buys of $120 billion/month.

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October Trick or Treating Yields Treats

Historically, September has not been kind to investors. Using S&P 500 data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve dating back to 1970, September ranks dead last in returns.

But October has the ghoulish reputation. The Crash of 1929 and 1987 were in October, and the selloff in October 2008 was tied to the financial crisis.

But reputations don’t always square up with reality. October has historically been a favorable month for stocks, according to long-term averages (St. Louis Federal Reserve data). 

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7 Tips to Help Keep You Safe Online

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It was created to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and staying safe online.

In the spirit of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, here are 7 ideas that can help keep you safe online.

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Last week, the Federal Reserve hinted that a tapering, or winding down of its $80 billion in monthly Treasury bond buys and $40 billion in mortgage-backed bonds, is in its sights. While a near term rate hike is unlikely, the Fed may be eyeing a liftoff late next year.

At his press conference, Fed Chief Jerome Powell said a reduction in bond purchases “could come as soon as the next meeting.” 

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Investors React to China Rumblings

On Monday, the S&P 500 Index1 registered its biggest percentage decline since May, falling 1.7% according to the Wall Street Journal.

What was behind the selloff? Rising worries that the world’s most indebted real estate developer, China’s Evergrande, could soon default on its debt. 

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