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Stock Markets Will Win the Central Bank “Race to the Bottom”

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While the U.S. Federal Reserve has begun to reverse its easy money policies, other central banks around the world increasingly see such policies as an economic elixir.

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And that will serve as fuel for the world’s stock markets, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said in an appearance on CNBC‘s “Street Signs” program.

“The Fed has led the way, and the BOJ [Bank of Japan] and the ECB [European Central Bank] have no choice but to follow in its footsteps,” said Fitz-Gerald, a seasoned market analyst with 33 years of experience. “That’s going to unleash a fresh round of opportunity.”

Easy money policies appeal to governments because they pump money into the economy. They also make imports more expensive and exports cheaper because they lower a currency’s value versus other currencies.

But as more central banks start using the same policies, the advantage is lost. That makes them ramp up the easing even more.

“It’s kind of a race to the bottom,” Fitz-Gerald said. “The policy is more like ‘what can you do to your neighbor and get away with it.’ ”

As central banks compete with each other in liquidity pumping, stock markets will reap the benefit.

To find out how investors can profit from this situation, watch the following Fitz-Gerald interview.

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