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One of the primary causes of the market sell-off during the latter part of 2018 was the concern over the Federal Reserve raising interest rates too quickly and too high. These concerns have subsided slightly by recent dovish statements from Fed officials. Fed Chairman Powell reiterated that the Fed will remain patient and data dependent regarding the health of the global and domestic economies when determining their future path of policy rates. Fed officials, Resengren, Clarida, and Evans echoed the “wait and see”, and “data dependent” approach during the week. This dovish tone has provided fuel for the recent rally, as expectations are for the Fed to pause their rate hikes during the first quarter of the year. Read more from Ryan Nauman's Weekly Recap and subscribe to have it delivered to your inbox each week!