The selloff in equities late last year was a wake-up call for the Fed, which seems to have taken heed and changed course. But did the Fed pause in time?
Bluford “Blu” Putnam has served as Managing Director and Chief Economist of CME Group since May 2011. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and concentrations in central banking, investment research, and portfolio management, Blu serves as CME Group’s spokesperson on global economic conditions.
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The selloff in equities in the fourth quarter of 2018 helped to influence the Fed into pausing its rate hikes planned for 2019. The big question now is if the central bank's decision came in time or if the impact from the previous rate hikes could show up in markets this year. Hedge your portfolio with futures and options.