The Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is beginning to testifying in front of the Joint Economic Committee. In his opening remarks, the head of the central bank has signaled that he shall continue to keep the current quantitative easing program in place. Traders and investors can easily see the decline in the U.S. Dollar Index after his comments were released. Chairman Bernanke warned that reducing the Federal Reserve's efforts to keep borrowing rates low would carry a substantial risk of slowing or ending the economic recovery.
Light volume in play, markets slightly positive, media pumping and it looks likely the U.S. stock markets will have their 19th straight positive Tuesday. This is a roaring bull with little to stand it its way as long as the Federal Reserve is backstopping it. Yields are being kept so low by the Federal Reserve that the only possible angle for investors is to buy stocks. As stocks balloon higher, a bubble forms. It is much like musical chairs. It great until the music stocks. Then watch out below. ...
Forget Stocks, It Is The Japanese Yen That Is Moving Markets
As we all know, almost every central bank in the world is printing money to boost exports and support asset prices in the stock market. To their credit, the money printing idea has worked as markets around the world have been rallying. Japan is now the most aggressive money printing country. The Bank of Japan (BOJ) said that they would put $1.4 trillion into the economy over the next two years. The Nikkei 225 Index (Japanese stock market) has gained nearly 7,000 points or 80.0 percent since October 2012. This rally in the USD/JPY, and the Nikkei 225 Index has been parabolic and shows the power of money printing or the devaluing of the currency.