So the Federal Reserve threw investors for a loop with talk of quantitative easing programs ending sooner than expected. The dollar surged higher, gold collapsed, stocks sold off by triple digits … this was a big deal all around.
But what exactly lies in store for investors going forward now that the headlines have hit?
Charles Sizemore of Sizemore Capital Management talked with me for a bit in this latest podcast about what investors can expect. In a nutshell, Charles doesn’t think that it is anything more than a short-term headwind because there’s still little action on the part of Ben Bernanke & Co. … even if the discussion has taken a slightly more hawkish tone.
Much ado is being made of the statement that the “risks of asset purchases might well lead the Committee to taper or end its purchases before it judged that a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market had occurred.” However, without some true hawkish action, it’s not going to mean much.
Read more below and listen to the full podcast for details.
- Check out the Fed minutes yourself here. (FederalReserve.gov)
- No, the Fed isn’t pulling the plug anytime soon. (The Washington Post)
- Sure the markets are pulling back — but the Fed news is just the inciting incident, and there are more systemic problems that have made conditions ripe for a short-term correction. (MarketWatch)