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Rajveer Rawlin received his MBA in finance from the Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales, UK. He is an avid market watcher having followed capital markets in the US and India since 1993. His research interests includes areas of Capital Markets, Banking, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management and has over 20 years of experience in the above areas covering the US and Indian Markets. He has several publications in the above areas. The views expressed here are his own and should not be construed as advice to buy or sell securities.

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Monday, 11 January 2016

The Reversal of the Bernanke Put

Not long ago the Bernanke (DEF) put was in full force. It meant that if the economic news was bad the FED would cut interest rates and bail the market Out. If the economic news was good then stocks would go up on the good news. Fast forward to today and we have the first FED hike and the FED put is slowly but surely getting reversed with the FED funds rate still close to record lows. This is bad news for risk assets globally as the FED is now surely powerless to support asset prices with their monetary policy.

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