Stock Market Will Crash When Central Banks Stop Printing
May 03, 2013
As central banks around the world have taken money printing and easy monetary policy, such as low interest rates, as their key tools to boost economic growth, there are concerns among investors about what happens once they actually stop and bring their monetary policy back towards normalization—raising interest rates and no longer printing money like they are doing now.
For example, the Federal Reserve is printing $85.0 billion a month, and its balance sheet has already ballooned more than $3.0 trillion after the financial crisis brought the U.S. financial system to near collapse. On top of all this, the Fed is also keeping interest rates near zero. Similarly, the Bank of Japan is taking the same measures and plans to increase its money supply extensively.
Looking at all this; there is a notion among investors that the stock markets are currently going higher because the central banks are printing money—not because of real reasons, such as earnings growth. When the economy is flooded with money, it usually has to find a home; the money is flowing into the stock market. Once they start normalizing their monetary policy, the stock market may come crashing down.
This opens the floor to debate; does money supply actually dictate the direction of the stock market?