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Easy Monetary Policy = Inflation?

  • August 18th, 2014

One of the more persistent themes we’ve been hearing from forecasters, for quite some time now, is that the Federal Reserve’s easy monetary policy—starting with its move to drive the Federal Funds rate from 5.25 percent to zero—would inevitably lead to a dramatic spike in inflation. As each new round of quantitative easing (QE) was…

Is The S&P 500 Actively Managed?

  • August 18th, 2014

In Mebane Faber’s new book, “Global Value,” he states: “It is ironic that the largest and most famous index, the S&P 500, is really an active fund in drag. It has momentum rules (market cap weighting), fundamental rules (four quarters of earnings, liquidity requirements) and a subjective overlay (committee input). Does that sound passive to…

Are Some Bond Fund Prices Stale?

  • August 18th, 2014

I have long been skeptical of how fair bond fund prices are — or more accurately said, the potential ability for knowledgeable investors to “game” bond fund prices — in fixed income asset classes where liquidity isn’t great. Two asset classes that immediately come to mind are municipal bonds and high-yield corporate bonds. I finally…

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