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Current Federal Reserve Chairperson Jerome Powell recently indicated that the Fed may soon cut interest rates for the first time since the start of the financial crisis in 2009. What would such a change in the federal funds rate mean for you?

In today’s world of 24/7 cable TV and Internet news, people are more likely to be knowledgeable about financial and economic matters than in past generations. For example, we would venture to guess that most people have at least heard of the Federal Reserve, or, as it is usually referred to, the Fed.

However, having heard of the Fed is quite different from understanding what the Fed actually does and how its actions influence our financial lives. Let’s explore the Fed’s role in the U.S. economy and how its actions affect the broad economy and interest rates in particular.

What is the Federal Reserve and what are its Main Tools?

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The annual Smith County Hay Show is fast approaching. This year marks the 35th anniversary for this event. A copy of the rules for the 2019 show can be found on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith County Office website at smith.agrilife.org under the Smith County Hay Show tab.…

Summer is in full swing, and that means festival season is upon us. Unfortunately, it also means that it’s the time of year that scammers entice would-be festival goers into purchasing tickets via fake websites, flashy social media ads and discounted deals. In 2018, the Better Business Burea…

I have seen and have received several phone calls about grasshoppers in the fields over the past several days. It is that time of year to start thinking about treating your hay meadows, pastures and around your houses. Thus far we have seen quite a few grasshoppers, but they are still fairly…

Summer officially began on Friday, and temperatures will be hitting triple digits before you know it. A warmer-than-normal summer is expected for much of the country. The Better Business Bureau reminds consumers now is the time to prepare your home for hot temperatures.

Bringing a new puppy into the home can be fun and rewarding, but without proper research and consideration, the process can be frustrating, expensive and heartbreaking. With the recent local incidents of pet breeders and sellers exercising questionable business practices, the Better Business…

Hurricane season officially began on June 1, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s initial outlook for 2019, we can expect up to 15 named storms and eight hurricanes with as many as four reaching Category 3 or higher through the end of the season on Nov. 30. …