Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wall Street Is Engaged In Spirited Debate

“Rising stock prices have combined with rising real estate prices to convince many that the economy is recovering. As a result, Wall Street is engaged in spirited debate about when the Fed will begin bringing the current era of permanent quantitative easing to an end (forgetting for now that both markets have shown their deep dependence on QE). Most agree that the QE will eventually create an economy able to stand on its own, but there is disagreement on how long it will take. The “bullish” end of the spectrum is predicting that the Fed may begin to take its foot off the accelerator by the fourth quarter of this year. The “bears” feel that sluggish data will compel the Fed to keep pouring the money on throughout 2014. They don’t understand that QE is the economy, and that any attempt to exit will be met by difficulty. The rising home prices and stock gains over the last few years are likely to vanish if the punch bowl is removed.” – an excerpt from the The Global Economic Realignment

Peter Schiff is a well-known commentator appearing regularly on CNBC, TechTicker and FoxNews. He is often referred to as "Doctor Doom" because of his bearish outlook on the economy and the U.S. Dollar in particular. Peter was one of the first from within the professional investment field to call the housing market a bubble. Peter has written a book called "Crash Proof" and a follow-on called "The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets". He is the President of EuroPacific Capital, which is a brokerage specializing in finding dividend-yielding, value-based foreign stocks.

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