The big fear in the market is this: What happens when the Fed stops printing money and starts raising interest rates? Won’t stocks fall?

You’ll be surprised…

I crunched the numbers and found, in recent times, stocks do surprisingly well when the Fed starts to hike interest rates.

[ad#Google Adsense]Here’s the best way I can explain it: When the Fed starts to hike interest rates, it’s signaling to the rest of the world the danger has passed. When stock market investors believe the danger has passed, they push prices up.

You can see it in the chart below…

You’ll notice the Fed hiked interest rates during the bull market of the mid-1990s. Over the next five years, stocks went on to rally to incredible new highs… and then crashed. The Fed also increased rates starting in 2004. Stocks continued to rally for years after.

In both instances, the Fed hiked rates for years before stocks felt the pinch of the increased rates. Stocks only start to fall, buckling the economy, after the Fed has hiked interest rates too high and held them there too long.

Importantly, we may have a long wait until the Fed starts to hike rates…

As I’ve said many times, the Fed will likely keep rates extremely low for longer than anyone can imagine. This will allow the price of stocks and commodities to soar higher than anyone can imagine.

Stocks can certainly do well for years when the Fed is raising interest rates. But their performance is not actually caused by increased interest rates.

The Fed only starts to raise interest rates once the economy appears to be on solid footing. So stocks rise because the economy is doing well, not because interest rates are rising.

Yes, the end of the Fed’s “QE2” (the second round of quantitative easing) is nearing an end… And yes, the Fed will raise interest rates from their ridiculously low levels at some point.

But no, it’s not the end of the world for stock investors…

If the last few times are any indication, the end of the Fed’s “easy money” could mean the continuation of this bull market in stocks… one that could last for years.

Good investing,

— Steve Sjuggerud

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Source:  Daily Wealth