CAPTRUST Chief Investment Officer
Capital markets reacted to today’s U.S. Federal Reserve statement and subsequent press conference, with most riskier asset classes sharply higher. In what was likely Chairman Ben Bernanke’s final address as his term is expected to end this coming January, the Fed chief explained the central bank’s decision to begin “tapering,” or slowing down the amount of treasury and mortgage bonds it has been purchasing through a program that began its most recent iteration in September 2012. This decision is grounded in the Fed’s expectations for further economic progress, which reaffirms our “glass half full” mantra when communicating with clients over the past several months. We are encouraged by riskier asset class performance in the wake of this decision and momentum heading into 2014, but we remind clients to respect potential risks heading into the New Year. We will briefly cover today’s events before discussing implications.
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