Quantitative tightening is about to intensify. What does that mean for the markets?

The Federal Reserve now owns about a third of the Treasury and mortgage-backed securities markets as a result of its emergency asset purchase to support the US economy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Two years of so-called quantitative easing doubled the central bank’s balance sheet to $9 trillion, equivalent to 40% of the country’s GDP. By … Read more

Why this Fed move could be the ‘wild card’ flooding the stock market

Quantitative easing is credited with generating stock returns and boosting other speculative assets by flooding markets with liquidity as the Federal Reserve raised trillions of dollars in bonds after the financial crisis and amid the coronavirus pandemic. Investors and policy makers may underestimate what happens when the tide recedes. “I don’t know if the Fed … Read more