Monday October 26, 2020

Free markets hit by repression

Experts are worried that central bank and government policies to keep interest rates down will doom investors to a future of lower returns and higher risk, writes Jon Ihle.

7th April, 2012
Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Pension savers and other investors need to prepare for a not-too-distant future in which real returns across all asset classes will be cut in half, according to an emerging consensus among economists, market analysts and fund managers.

They say central bank and government policies in the US, Europe and Japan - intended to repair crisis-ravaged economies and national balance sheets - have pushed interest rates and fixed income investment yields so low that equilibrium returns...

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