Tragedy In Paris

Our thoughts are with the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Events like this stir up many powerful emotions, including anger, fear, sadness, confusion, and regret, and these emotions are not easily suppressed. It is difficult to shift our attention away from this tragedy and toward the financial markets in times like this, but it is our responsibility to do so. Here we look at the potential stock market impact of Friday’s tragedy. As this commentary is being written, the S&P 500 is solidly higher in midday trading, with some speculating that terrorist threats mean the Federal Reserve (Fed) may not raise interest rates next month (though we still see a December hike as likely based on what we know now).

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