As US stocks have outperformed international and emerging markets stocks over the last several years, some investors might be reconsidering the benefits of investing outside the US. While there are many reasons why a US-based investor may prefer a degree of home bias in their equity allocation, using return differences over a relatively short period as the sole input into this decision may result in missing opportunities that the global markets offer.
After nearly a decade of leaving the federal funds rate at zero percent, the time finally came on December 16, 2015 to raise rates. Since then the Fed has made several modest increases. What do these rate changes mean to your financial well-being? Is there anything you should “do” to your investment portfolio when they occur?