17/12/15: IS THIS The official end of the GFC?

After much delay and much warning, the Fed has finally raised the Fed Funds rate from a range of 0-0.25% to 0.25%-0.5%. The move signals confidence in the ongoing recovery in the US economy after the crippling effects of the Global Financial Crisis. More importantly, the language of the Fed was sufficiently dovish with regard to future rate hikes.

At the time of writing, the ASX200 has gained almost 100 points, on top of the previous day's 118 point rebound, and BHP shares are up over 5% - a major relief to for investors who watched the local bourse fall in each of its six prior sessions.