The Federal Reserve is cognizant of how its policies impact the financial markets. At the same time, its mandate is to help optimize economic growth and unemployment while managing inflation to its desired target rate of 2 percent. We believe its policies have helped the economy improve and will continue to accommodate the economy until we have already achieved "escape velocity."
Therefore, we believe the Federal Reserve will gracefully adjust its monetary policy in accordance with the economy. If the economy begins to show signs of losing strength, we would expect the Federal Reserve to act swiftly and install some form of policy that would assist the economy in combating whatever weakness presents itself.
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Basic economics would lead us to believe that as the economy continues to grow at a quicker pace, interest rates will rise and fixed-income investments will move in the opposite direction. Whether or not "havoc" is wreaked on the market will depend on issues outside of the Federal Reserve policy, in our opinion.
Furthermore, we feel that historically, an improving economy has typically been kind to stock investors.
Now that the festivities are long over and the champagne glasses all put away, I encourage you to look ahead and do your best to stick to your financial resolutions in 2014 instead of watching the clock tick down to the end of another year.
—By Ron Carson, Special to CNBC.com. Ron Carson is founder and chief executive of Carson Wealth Management Group. A certified financial planner with more than 20 years' experience, Carson authored "Tested in the Trenches" and co-authored The New York Times best-seller "Avalanche: The 9 Principles for Uncovering True Wealth."