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Unintended Consequences of Quantitative Tightening

In 2008, to stave off the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the Fed began a program of “quantitative easing” to save the economy, eventually buying trillions of dollars of government bonds and mortgage-backed securities to keep interest rates low. Now amidst strong economic growth the Fed has initiated a program of “quantitative tightening,” selling off the assets it had accumulated, which by itself means higher interest rates. However, as the government allows supply to expire. The market place has to basically refi that debt. The added supply to the market place could also drive interest rates even higher than anticipated.

Unintended Consequences of Quantitative Tightening

Brad Lamensdorf

Brad Lamensdorf, the founder and portfolio manager of Active Alts, is a principal and co-manager of the AdvisorShares Ranger Equity Bear ETF. He previously managed a long-short investment partnership from 1998-2005 under the name Tarpon Capital Management. Earlier in his career Mr. Lamensdorf was an equity trader/market strategist for the Bass Brothers’ trading arm. He managed a short only portfolio in addition to co-managing a $1bil hedging program. He also served as in-house market strategist for the entire internal and external network of Bass Brothers money managers.

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