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The risk of quantitative easing has always been primarily concerned with the bond markets.
Bonds have experienced a 30-year bull-market, commensurately characterized by steadily declining interest rates.
In response to the financial crisis of 2008 the authorities at the Federal Reserve reacted by lowering interest rates to the lowest levels historically documented.
*Bond Prices are inversely-correlated to Interest-Rates.
Rates got to such an extreme deviation from the ‘norm’ that sovereign bonds of various European countries traded at negative nominal yields. This is a condition in which bond investors willfully lose money for the privilege of holding the note.
Needless to say this development in markets fundamentally goes against core structural tenants of finance. Specifically, this violates the notion of time-value-of-money, e.g. ‘a dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow.’
There are risks underlying the market that are not easily quantifiable, understood, indeed even understandable. We are truly in uncharted territory. Sitting out, let-alone attempting to short and bet-against this historical bull market has been a terrible strategy. This is precisely why I caveat to speculate on much of this ‘top-down’ macro analysis. Global-macro hedge funds have been gutted with many legendary funds dropping like flies in recent years. It is my opinion that a fundamental-based bottom-up analysis is a far more actionable approach to building a survivable lucrative portfolio.
That said, no analyst or investor worth his salt would ignore major inter-market developments. The bond market dwarfs the equity market in terms of gross capital. Reverberations in the bond-market and movements of interest-rates can have sizable and far-reaching effects across many asset classes.
For one, there is the issue of collateral and the mountains of derivatives piled upon 30 years of appreciating bond prices.
Another way to think of it is that if money leaves bonds, where will that money migrate?
There are no obvious answers to these questions.
I have been documenting the inversion of the yield curve. Certain market anomalies, such as suspiciously low rates being commanded for Greek sovereign bonds may well suggest material mispricing.
Charts have been appearing on my radar that from a technical analysis perspective suggest change of trend. The authorities at the federal reserve continue to threaten further increases in the Fed-Funds rate.
My plan moving forward, apart from hunting for a job & studying for the CFA will be to continue to focus energy towards discovering hidden gems in the form of over-looked and undervalued equities. Indeed, there is a universe of companies that are not Apple, Google, and Facebook that present great opportunity. However, a close eye will be watching the bond market.
If we can successfully identify trends, we can profit from them.