The minutes from the September Federal Open Market Committee meeting were released and the Fed wasn't shy about revealing its opinions.
Global economic news, tame inflation and lackluster jobs data undergirded the reasons for leaving the benchmark Federal Funds Rate unchanged last month. The Fed Funds Rate is the rate banks use when lending money to each other overnight. While the September meeting minutes showed that many Fed members had expected to raise the Fed Funds Rate sometime later this year, this was before the weak September Jobs Report was released.
Most analysts do not expect the Fed to raise the Fed Funds Rate at its meeting on October 27-28, and many no longer expect the Fed to act in 2015. It will be important to stay tuned to the policy…
This year, make it a point to express gratitude as a family by integrating thoughtful traditions into your holiday celebrations. Whether you are reviving old traditions or creating new ones, these three ideas centered on giving thanks will help ensure you’re celebrating the true spirit of the season.
Tree of Thanks
A centerpiece for the dining room table is a great way to encourage guests to reflect on the things for which they are most grateful. Create a statement piece by gathering decorative branches and arranging them into a jar. Next, cut fun shapes out of colorful construction paper, and loop a piece of string through the top of each. Have each of your guests write down what they’re thankful for before hanging the papers onto the branches.