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The Fed Watchers: Who They Are, What They Do, Why You Do Not Want To Be One

Lightspeed customers can learn about Fed Watchers with Bill Wood

Who are the Fed-watchers? These are folks who pay unusually close attention to the actions taken by the Federal Reserve. More specifically, they watch the actions of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)—the people who actually make operational decisions regarding U.S. monetary policy. Fed-watchers include institutional investors of all stripes. The Fed today is using new tools, many of which have been developed since the Great Recession.

This webinar:

  • Explained who the Fed-watchers are.
  • Explained what the Fed-watchers do, with reference to how the Fed influences interest rates and, in turn, asset values.
  • Explored Fed-watching as a strategy for active investors who seek to predict where the Fed might be heading next.

William C. Wood is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education at James Madison University. Wood was the recipient of teaching awards at the University of Virginia and at James Madison University and has been chosen as one of the 300 best professors nationally by the Princeton Review. In 2002, Wood was an inaugural winner of the Southern Economic Association’s Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2016, Wood received the top research award given by the National Association of Economic Educators, the Henry H. Villard Award. He is the author of five books, more than 60 scholarly articles, and national economic education materials for school-age and adult audiences.

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