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How the Fed could induce a bear market in 2017

Thursday, September 22, 2016 14:33
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The Federal Reserve has spoken (see FOMC September statement). With three dissenting votes on the FOMC, a December rate hike is more or less baked in. The Fed will take a gradual approach to rate hikes, with the median “dot plot” forecasting a December rate hike and two more in 2017.

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While the market doesn’t really believe in the “dot plot” projections anymore, as actual action has consistently been below projections. This time may be different. There is a case to be made that the market is poised for a nasty upside surprise in 2017, where the pace of rate normalization will be higher than expected. Should such a scenario unfold, it would be very bearish for stock prices.

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