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Municipal bonds appear attractive after last week’s fed funds rate hike, but they still face some uncertainties with possible tax rate and policy changes from the Trump administration. This could create some volatility for munis—and also some opportunities.

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The oil market was in a deep funk leading up to this week’s Fed meeting, but new numbers that came out Wednesday helped it gain back some lost ground. Now, it’s trying to determine the market price that brings supply and demand into equilibrium.

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There’s an ancient Wall Street rule-of-thumb known as “three steps and a stumble” – that after the Federal Reserve raises interest rates three straight times, stock prices tend to lose some ground – and we’ll soon see if that old adage still has sway.

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Since the November election, the U.S. stock market has charged forward mostly on faith that President Trump will be able to follow through on his campaign pledges to significantly boost economic growth. Now the market has to decide if it will continue giving him the benefit of the doubt.

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Tuesday marked the seventh time in the past eight trading sessions that the index of large-cap U.S. stocks has set a record, and the 10th time in the opening weeks of 2017.

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