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How the Fed Controls the Stock Market

By Dr. Steve Sjuggerud
Friday, March 15, 2013

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...
Annualized Gain
All Periods
Spread > 1.5%
Spread < 0.5%
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, 

Further Reading:

As Steve has shown, the Bernanke Asset Bubble is pushing stocks higher. "We've been handed the playbook," he writes. "We know the plays. We know what the other team is going to do. And we know how they're going to do it – almost exactly." Read more here: This "Rocket Fuel" Will Send Stocks Higher Than Anyone Believes.
But it's not limited to just the U.S. economy. The Bernanke Asset Bubble has officially gone global. Find out why Steve says "this is fantastic news" – and get his favorite one-click way to play it – here.

Market Notes


Can the gold sector's "toehold" turn into a "foothold"? 
For gold-stock traders, this is an important question...
Over the past few months, a big potential trading idea has shaped up. Gold stocks, which are some of the market's most volatile securities, have become extremely oversold. Sentiment toward the sector is terrible... and gold stocks are incredibly cheap relative to the price of gold.
The gold-stock fund (NYSE: GDX) has fallen 35% from its September high. But note the recent action in the 18-month chart below. GDX has found a "toehold" in the $36 per share area. This is an important level. Should this toehold turn into a foothold, the gold sector will use it as a foundation… and spring higher from it.
– Brian Hunt
Will the $36 Area Hold for Gold Stocks?

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