Atlanta Financial Newsroom

Interest rate hikes: What movement really means

No matter where you turn these days, news broadcasters, financial pundits and market watchers are talking about the Federal Reserve and what they will do with interest rates. Will they continue to increase rates or become more accommodative and slow down their increases? Since the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed has raised rates eight times (once in 2015, once in 2016, three times in 2017 and, so far, three times in 2018). What will happen next?

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Hot economy usually triggers rate increase

What many investors fail to recognize in the current financial environment is the silver lining that comes with rate hikes. The Fed ups the interest rates to avoid an over-heated economy. The objective is an economy where financial and labor markets are performing well, and there is robust spending on the part of businesses and consumers. When the pundits expect these positive trends to continue and start to worry about inflation, look for the conversation predicting a Fed rate hike to pick up.

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Best Wishes to Kimsey and James

Congratulations to Kimsey Bolinger in our Account Services Department on her recent nuptials this past October. Kimsey and James Freeman were married at her grandparent’s wedding venue, The Buie Barn, in Brunswick, GA.

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Join Us for Our 10th Annual Holiday Open House

Please join us for our 10th Annual Holiday Open House and Toys for Tots Collection on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at our office 5901-B Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 275, Atlanta, GA 30328. Lunch will be served.

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Reviewing Your Estate Plan

An estate plan is a map that explains how you want your personal and financial affairs to be handled in the event of your incapacity or death. Due to its importance and because circumstances change over time, you should periodically review your estate plan and update it as needed.

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Fact or Fiction

Fiction:
Insurance policy loans are an attractive, easy and inexpensive way to access cash.

Fact:
A loan on your insurance policy can be a useful benefit but requires require careful planning.

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