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How the Fed Controls the Stock Market

Stock-Markets / Market Manipulation Mar 17, 2013 - 11:03 AM GMT

By: DailyWealth

Stock-Markets

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: I don't think of myself as a conspiracy wacko...

But I do believe that the U.S. Federal Reserve controls the stock market... at least, to some degree.

Our True Wealth Systems computers fully back me up on this one... to the point where you could make a lot of money.


Don't get me wrong... I DON'T think Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is sitting on his throne pulling levers to make certain stocks go up or down.

But I DO think that what the Fed does matters to stock prices... a lot.

History proves it. Let me explain...

I know this idea might seem crazy. You might think I'm a wacko just for bringing it up. But based on our findings, the Fed's policies absolutely do affect stock prices, as I'll show.

To test this idea, we used our True Wealth Systems computers to look at interest-rate data over the last 50 years. Specifically, we looked for times when the Fed "manipulated" interest rates...

How did we test when the Fed is "manipulating" interest rates? It's simple... We compared short-term interest rates (which the Fed controls) to long-term interest rates (which are more market-driven). Whenever these were out of balance, the Fed was trying to manipulate the economy.

For example, when the Fed wants to give the economy a boost, it cuts short-term interest rates. That makes this spread between long-term and short-term interest rates wider.

Going back to 1962, when this spread is wider than 1.5 percentage points (which it is about half the time), you make about 9% a year in stocks (not counting dividends). That's versus buy-and-hold of 6% (also not counting dividends).

On the flip side, when the Fed wants to slow the economy down – when the spread is lower than 0.5 percentage points (which it is about 25% of the time) – you LOSE money in stocks. The full details are below...


We have sliced and diced this data further. But the gory details probably aren't as interesting as the big conclusion: When the spread between long-term and short-term interest rates is wide, you want to own stocks. And when it's tight, you lose money in stocks... so you don't want to own them.

Today, we're deep in what I call the Bernanke Asset Bubble. The Fed has cut short-term rates to nearly zero and created a large spread of around 1.9%. So we're clearly in "boosting the economy" mode.

No, Ben Bernanke isn't behind the scenes pulling levers causing certain stocks to go up or down. But he IS trying to boost the economy.

And historically, that boosts the stock market.

You want to own stocks now.

Good investing,

Steve

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