There’s a dangerous economic policy known as negative interest rates, and it’s going to cause a stock market crash.
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It’s being largely ignored because the policy isn’t used in America. Right now, it’s mostly being used in Europe and Japan. But U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in May she would not rule out negative interest rates if the U.S. economy was in an adverse scenario.
And if more and more countries adopt negative-interest-rate policy (NIRP), afuture stock market crash is inevitable.
Why Negative Interest Rates Are So Dangerous
Central banks think by charging smaller banks a fee to deposit money, these smaller banks will loan out more money instead.
That’s the basic principal behind NIRP.
When more money is lent and easier to access, borrowers will spend more money on building new homes, purchasing new cars, and creating or expanding a business.
Increased spending is supposed to help grow an economy.
But that’s not what’s really happening. Instead of helping the economy, negative interest rates are a catalyst for a stock market crash…
The citizens of these countries understand their economies are in bad shape for such a dangerous policy to be enacted. People in Japan and Germany are hoarding money instead of spending it.
That’s exactly the opposite of what the Bank of Japan (BoJ) and other central banks need to happen for NIRP to work.
Safe sales in a Japanese hardware store doubled in February, according toFortune. And according to The Wall Street Journal, Germany’s biggest safe manufacturer saw sales jump 25% in the first half of 2016 year over year.
And people not spending money is only one of the issues…
Just take a look at economic data from Japan:
- In July, Japan only had GDP growth of 0.2%.
- Inflation is -0.4%, which is drastically lower than the BoJ’s target of 2%.
- Banks are charging clients fees to keep their money to offset costs by the BoJ.
But the most dangerous part of this policy is that the BoJ and other central banks are out of options to stimulate their economies.
They can’t come to the rescue and provide a bailout.
So the ripple effect of the Japanese economy (the third largest in the world) and other economies collapsing will be felt throughout the global markets. That could cause a stock market crash.
Unfortunately, you can’t stop central banks from making bad decisions.
But you can still make money even when the global stock market crashhappens…
You see, Money Morning Global Credit Strategist Michael Lewitt has a plan to profit even during a stock market crash. Here’s his one simple investment to make when a stock market crash strikes…
During a Stock Market Crash, Make This One Investment
Even as markets and individual stocks crash, there’s a simple way to make money: invest in inverse exchange-traded funds (ETFs) of major indices.
These ETFs climb as indexes like the S&P 500 fall.
And the ETF Lewitt recommends is ProShares Short S&P 500 ETF (NYSE: Arca: SH). Investing in ProShares Short S&P is just like shorting a stock, but it’s much simpler than dealing with complicated options.
You can invest in SH just like a regular stock.
SH only climbs when the market is down, though, so you don’t want it to make up a large portion of your portfolio.
But it does help you make money as markets crash.
For example, SH was up over 4.94% in January when the S&P 500 was down over 5%.
And there will be even more gains when there’s a massive stock market crash…
During the stock market crash of 2008, SH traded as high as $97.08 per share. If SH traded at those prices again, investors could make 155% from today’s opening price of $38.07.
Some of the biggest banks and advisory firms, like Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), have been increasing their positions in SH over the last six months to protect their portfolios.
Just remember, SH is only profitable when the market is volatile. It doesn’t pay out a dividend to balance losses you incur when the S&P 500 is climbing.
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