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How Might Rising Interest Rates Affect Your Stock Investments?

The Federal Reserve's actions can have a marked influence on the economy and financial markets. For instance, some market analysts believe that the Fed's massive, multi-year bond-buying program coupled with a recordsetting period of near-zero interest rates fueled the six-year bull market for stocks. Now investors are awaiting news of when -- and by how much -- the Fed will raise short-term rates, and what that action might mean for stocks.1 While many market watchers have speculated about the effect of rising rates, history provides a window into how stocks have reacted to such policy shifts in the past.
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