As the devil-may-care bravado of Wall Street marches on, history warns that -- in the end -- there will be the devil to pay.
If Federal Reserve forecasts point toward full employment and price stability, policymakers at the upcoming FOMC meeting will have a hard time getting Wall Street to reconcile that outlook with a 1% Fed funds rate.
This might be the month of reckoning for failed central bank money-printing policies. Mounting evidence suggests that markets are starting to notice that the Fed is trapped.
As the walls close in on central bankers and their inane policies, they seem ready to fight with the only weapon they know how to use: the printing press.
Conventional wisdom attributes market indigestion to anticipation of Federal Reserve action, but the evidence indicates investors are finally reacting to what our central bankers have already done.
More signs suggest that gold has reached a turning point. But putting a fair value on the yellow metal is harder than assessing what a business is worth.
The liquidity-fueled rally of the past 9 months is easy to like. But recent history tells us higher prices based on easy money carry extreme dangers, so a violent drop could lie ahead.
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