John Lynch Chief Investment Strategist, LPL Financial Barry Gilbert, PhD, CFA Asset Allocation Strategist, LPL Financial Callie Cox, Senior Analyst, LPL Financial
The Federal Reserve (Fed) completed its U-turn in policy last week. Policymakers announced a 25-basis point (0.25%) rate cut July 31, its first in 10 years [Figure 1]. Rate cuts have been a sobering reality in investors’ short-term memories, as the Fed resorted to a series of rate cuts to get the U.S. economy out of the depths of the financial crisis in 2008–09. The economy is much different now—in strength and in structure—so it has been difficult for investors to understand the Fed’s intentions in this decision.