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Cheaper oil may help the overall economy, which stands to produce more job opportunities, higher wages and other benefits.

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The Federal Reserve increased short-term interest rates Dec. 16 for the first time in nearly a decade. The action capped a year of uncertainty about global asset markets. The possibility of a Fed rate hike had been a key contributor to market volatility throughout 2015.

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The Federal Reserve is almost certainly going to raise very short-term interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade when it meets in Washington next week. For us, as municipal bond investors focused on income generation over the long term, this is good news.

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For the first 11 months of this year, the overarching theme for large U.S. stocks has been a lot of ups and downs that have essentially balanced out to nearly flat.

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The increased likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike in December is contributing to the stiff market headwinds now faced by commodities.

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