Interest Rates on the Rise: What Does This Mean for the Stock Market?

The Federal Reserve (Fed) raised interest rates for the second time this year.  The Fed’s policy-setting committee raised the interest rate at which banks lend overnight funds to other banks by 0.25% to a range of 1.00% to 1.25%.  The markets were widely anticipating the increase, with the move signaling Fed optimism about the overall health of the U.S. economy.  While indications of an improving economic landscape are usually celebrated by Wall Street, many investors continue to worry about the effects of future interest rate hikes on stocks and bonds.