With the end of quantitative easing due to take place next month, reality may once again have an impact on financial markets.
Since QE began more than five years ago, markets have soared on bad news and dropped on good news. That’s because investors believed that bad news would prolong QE and good news would make it unnecessary.
With QE ending in the U.S., but probably soon beginning in Europe, the Federal Reserve Board needs a different tool to manipulate the markets. While Chairman Janet Yellen and others have been talking about “macroprudential supervision” as the next step, that line is selling like old fish, because no one has explained what Ms. Yellen means by “macroprudential supervision.”
The good news is that good news should finally be good news. Fundamental performance and economic recovery should mean something again.