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GRADING THE FED’S QE PROGRAM: WEEK 2

With six months of economic and market data since the end of QE, we assess the latest round of the program that ended in October 2014. We focus on the Fed’s dual mandate to promote low and stable inflation and maximum employment. We give the Fed a pass on the unemployment rate, but have to assign a failing grade on its progress with inflation.

KNOW YOUR BREAKEVEN

A lack of liquidity continues to plague the bond market, as indicated by elevated dealer holdings of long-term bonds and light trading volume. Volatility may remain elevated in the short term. Knowing your breakeven can help bond investors assess how resistant their current portfolio is to rising interest rates, and identify areas that offer value.

GRADING THE FED’S QE PROGRAM: A MULTI-WEEK GROUP PROJECT

With six months of economic and market data since the end of QE, we assess the latest round of the program that ended in October 2014. We focus on QE’s impact on the banking and financial sector, by examining the amount of financial stress in the system, which overall has decreased since the beginning of QE in November 2008. We give the Fed a “pass” on QE as it relates to banking and financial system stress.

LETTERMAN TRIBUTE: TOP 10 KEYS FOR STOCKS

This week we pay tribute to David Letterman’s last Late Show with our own top 10 list: the top 10 keys for stocks. A potential snapback in the U.S. economy is the number one issue for the stock market, but here we list nine other issues that will be important in determining where stocks go in the near term.

TAPER TANTRUM REDUX

Unlike the taper tantrum, which was driven by fears over the end of Fed stimulus, the current pullback is being driven by a position imbalance in our view. Lower-rated bond sectors have fared best during the pullback. A lower allocation to bonds overall may still be warranted, given the lack of opportunity and reduced protection offered by still historically low yields and high valuations.

 
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