INTEREST RATES UP, STOCKS DECLINE. WHAT IS THE FED REALLY UP TO?

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Our FEATURE today focuses on the lifeblood of the US economy-the Federal Reserve Monetary Policy. The perception to most citizens is that the Fed is moving from a policy of Quantitative Easing to one of Quantitative Tightening which is resulting in higher interest rates. NOT as simple as that says Matt Klein in a feature article in the October 1st issue of Barron's Magazine. He says that the Fed has raised rates 2 points since the end of 2015 whereas The Bank of International Settlements (all the world's banks central bank) says that it has already tightened policy by the equivalent of 5.1 points since the "shadow rate trough"in May 2014. To add to the confusion Klein says that US corporate borrowing costs have plunged during the past 2 years which has fueled the stock market boom and Fed Reserve Gov Ms Lael Brainard says the Fed now needs to "tighten a lot more" to get the results the officials want. The question is, what does the Fed want? Other topics include: The "Generals" take a big hit, Tech shares get pummeled by higher interest rates, Car sales also plunge, Palladium soars 30%, Amazon employees are selling us out, MAMA MIA! Italians revolt, Commodity experts say paper assets will fold, The new NAFTA is the USMCA - the New World Order's dictum, the truth about Dr Ford and El Nino's return? "Disclaimer: This commentary is provided for informational and educational purposes only. The information, analysis and opinions expressed herein reflect our judgment as of this date and are subject to change at any time without notice. They are not intended to constitute legal, tax, securities or investment advice or a recommended course of action in any given situation. All investments carry a certain risk and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. Information obtained from third party resources are believed to be reliable but not guaranteed. Past performance is not indicative of future results. H. L. Quist is an Investment Advisor Representative."

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