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Now that we’ve got your attention, remember to add some bonds to round out your portfolio. When the stock market is bearish, bonds are bullish. When the Fed raises interest rates or just gets hawkish, bonds can be your best friend.

Keep an eye on your stocks but be sure to closely follow bond prices and interest rates, too. During these times of low-interest rates and low inflation, it’s tempting to be complacent. 

Keep in mind that when short-term rates jump, shares that you purchased for good returns will most likely see sell-offs. And increases in long-term rates, particularly when the rates are rising due to inflation, means that the stock market will rise in tandem. Remember that when stocks and interest rates rise, bond rates fall.

When interest rates go down, bonds go up. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on the Fed and understand how bonds work, so you can cover your bases no matter what winds buffet the economy – and the stock market.
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