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Most Americans will eventually receive Social Security and Medicare benefits. Each year, the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds release lengthy reports to Congress that assess the health of these important programs. The newest reports, released on April 22, 2019, discuss the current financial condition and ongoing financial challenges that both programs face, and project a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2020.
In our commitment to provide ongoing communication and leadership, we are sharing with you the outcomes of our most recent economic committee meeting for the Freedom Capital Management Strategies®. This quarterly update provides insights from our economic committees findings on the macro-economic environment.
This report is available in both video and print formats.
At its meeting on March 20, 2019, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) maintained the benchmark federal funds rate at the target range of 2.25% to 2.50% that was set in December 2018. This in itself was not surprising. But other communications signaled a definite hiatus in the Fed's policy of raising interest rates and tightening the money supply.1
At Brooks Financial Group, we feel the current market correction is healthy and long overdue after the historically benign conditions over the past year had led measures of investor sentiment to become increasingly elevated in recent weeks. We continue to feel the fundamental backdrop for equity markets remains strong based on a combination of accelerating global economic growth, robust corporate earnings, and subdued inflation, and we remain constructive on the outlook for global equity markets in 2018. Based on this outlook, we recommend that investors remain disci