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Fed signals new policy phase with first rate hike of the year

• US central bank anticipates a further two rate hikes during this year

• Commentators predict there could be up to four hikes during the course of 2018

Gary Shepherd

Editor

What’s the story? In its March meeting, the US Federal Reserve raised the federal funds target rate from 0.5-0.75% to 0.75-1%, with only one voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) dissenting. The so-called ‘dot plot’ projection is for three hikes in rates in 2017.

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In light of the Standard Life/Aberdeen deal, we ask who is the next asset manager in line for M&A, and what this means for investors. We also consider why critics continue to take aim at absolute return, and discuss the best way to invest in property, trusts or open-ended funds.
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