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The elephant in the room is when interest rates will start to rise.  Is our economy strong enough to handle it this quarter, this summer, even this fiscal year?  Yes, I think so; from the look of the employment and housing sectors (determined to be the greatest contributors to the Great Recession), we have reason to believe that a .25% increase in the Fed’s Cost of Funds rate would not take our flow of money to a grinding halt.  Remember that rate has been at 0% for the last six and a half years.

Am I encouraging a rate hike?  Absolutely not; I make my meager living on low interest rates and affordable housing.  The reality though is that it’s probably time to get out of the way of that elephant.