Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell recently cut the key interest rate by a quarter percent for the first time since 2008 in what he deemed a "midcycle adjustment." Yawn. Why am I writing you about this? Because it points to deep, fundamental problems in our economy. We’re currently in the longest bull market in American history, and as CNN recently put it, “Bull markets and economic expansions don't die of old age. Credit crunches, political uncertainty, wars and rampant speculation have ended previous bull markets.” When the fall comes, it could come with a bang. The higher you fly, the harder you fall. This interest rate cut is what the Fed sees as insurance against “possible future adverse shocks." With that in mind, consider these unprecedented Federal Reserve policies: The Fed decreased the funds rate to 0 in 2008 and left it there until 2015. Massive bond buying programs were initiated under “Quantitative Easing,” which expanded the Fed's balance sheet to record high levels. Now, a decade after the last financial crisis, the Fed still hasn’t brought interest rates back up to the normal 4% range. Lower interest rates are supposed to help the economy, but what’s hurting the economy isn’t low interest rates — they’re already low. Powell himself said, “it appears that uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.” And when the “you-know-what” hits the fan, the Fed won’t have leverage, because there’s not much runway between 2.25-2.50% and 0%. It’s like emptying your magazine before the fight. Experts think gold will continue to gain in this environment, as it typically does in times of uncertainty. Uncertainty is the LAST thing you want for your retirement — and the money that funds it. Find out how to put gold in an IRA, so your retirement is secure and you weather the storm, no matter what happens. Visit Regal Assets
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