I have warned investors in the past that the Fed’s rapid expansion of credit would cause the U.S. economy to enter a period of unprecedented volatility between inflation and deflation. This would lead to violent moves in most markets, especially interest rate sensitive investments. That time has now arrived.
The easy monetary policy from most central banks has led to low interest rate addictions and global imbalances on a massive scale. Therefore, any threatened removal of central banks’ liquidity would cause the pendulum to swing intensely from inflation to deflation. Recent communications from the People’s Bank of China and Fed have tried to wean the market’s dependency on free money (although a parade of FOMC members has been trying to recant Bernanke’s comments).
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