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One of the biggest forces facing stocks in the near term happens to be the Federal Reserve.

Thanks to a growing economy, the Fed has once again begun to ratchet up and return interest rates to normal levels. For investors, this is a stark contrast to the low rates we’ve seen over the past decade since the recession.

And those rising rates could pose a huge problem for the market.

Or maybe not. According to investment group BlackRock, even with rising rates, credit remains cheap and plentiful. And that could keep stocks and the economy rising for the near future. There’s still time to get more out of equities.

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