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Why I’m not a fan of the Fed buying corporate bonds

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Why I’m not a fan of the Fed buying corporate bonds

In March, the U.S. Federal Reserve moved to prevent a coronavirus-induced downturn by promising to set up an entity to buy corporate bonds and ETFs, including junk bonds and junk bond ETFs. My concern is that the Fed has simply created another time bomb that future generations will have to defuse.

It’s worth remembering the idea embodied in the aphorism, ‘Wall Street will sell what Wall Street can sell’. But just because an investment product exists doesn’t mean you should invest in it.


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Roger is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Montgomery Investment Management. Roger brings more than two decades of investment and financial market experience, knowledge and relationships to bear in his role as Chief Investment Officer. Prior to establishing Montgomery, Roger held positions at Ord Minnett Jardine Fleming, BT (Australia) Limited and Merrill Lynch.

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  1. grant.westcott.7

    Astute and to the point as always, Roger. I wonder if at some future point in time inflation will be used as a debt reduction tool – fast forward to the 1970’s!

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