Get In and Stay In Already!

Yesterday, the market rallied on the strength of a jobs report that exceeded expectations.

The Labor Department said that the US economy added 317,000 new jobs in the month of December; the expectation was for 176,000 jobs.

In addition, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the Fed will exercise patience in raising interest rates.

This combination of good news sent the Dow up 3.29%, the S&P 500 up 3.43%, and the Nasdaq up 4.26%.

Now, I don’t know if this rally will continue but I do know that trying to time the stock market by jumping in and out will not work…this is just another great example of why!

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Wealth And Credit!

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced that they would be increasing interest rates by a quarter of a point.

“How will higher interest rates affect me?”  If you’re wondering about this, read on:

First off, auto loans, home equity lines on credit, and some other loans will not be impacted by the Fed’s decision.

The biggest change you will likely see is that the interest rate on your credit card will go up by the same amount of the increase.  If you carry a balance from month to month, then this is obviously not a good thing.

What I would do in this situation is contact my credit card company and ask them if they could lower my rate.  Many people are not aware that you can do this, but you most certainly can!

And remember: debt is the enemy of wealth.

You should pay down your balance as soon as possible, and avoid carrying a lot of credit card debt.

Until tomorrow!

*  The Stock Market is For Everyone, Eric Milton’s short guide to stock market investing for beginners, is available in e-book and paperback formats.  If you like what you see on this blog, we hope you’ll take a moment to purchase and read the book, let us know what you think via a blog comment or Amazon review, and share this information with others!  Thank you. *