Market update: Rate hike, trade talk, and tech trouble

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Three key things weighed on the markets this week, with talk of a potential trade war continuing to dominate:

  • Trade: Trump announced trade restrictions against China, stoking ongoing fears of a trade war that could slow economic growth.
  • Rates: The Fed raised the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point to 1.75% and left us wondering whether its policy will turn out to be hawkish or dovish.
  • Tech: **Facebook** is under fire for allegedly not protecting user data, which dragged down the value of stocks in the technology sector.

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As we’ve said in recent market updates like our post on tariff and trade concerns, the MoneyLion Plus approach of investing $50 or more each month in four diversified exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is designed to help withstand the kind of short-term volatility that these events create.

Additionally, when you invest in an ETF, your investment is diversified across the many stocks or bonds that the ETF holds. So, if Facebook or the technology sector takes a hit, the diversification of your ETF may absorb the short-term drop.

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