With South Africa and Turkey raising rates to support their currencies, as well as a possible second taper announcement occurring today from the U.S. FOMC, stock markets could be retreating because of these interest rate moves.
By December, the most recent month for which statistics are available, the U.S. dollar Fiat Money Quantity (FMQ) had grown to $12.48 trillion. This is $5.05 trillion more than if it had grown in line with the established average monthly growth rate from 1960 to the month before the Lehman Crisis.
Ben Bernanke recently said the Fed is not overly concerned at the moment that there are bubbles forming in the financial system, although he stressed the Fed is “watching vigilantly” for such risks. Based on the Fed’s track record, there would be no bubbles if they had that foresight.
The New Year has started and not much has changed. All through 2013 we heard of an impending "bond bubble," a "stock market bubble" and a Europe expected to fly apart at any moment. It sounded like a broken record. But what happens? Nothing. Why?