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Jeff deGraaf On What Happens When Quantitative Easing Ends

Jeff deGraaf On What Happens When Quantitative Easing Ends
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Jeff deGraaf is the co-founder, chairman and head technical analyst at Renaissance Macro Research. Three weeks ago, his firm had a call that the 10-year bond market would trade under 2 percent.

While the call was for the end of the first quarter, the firm still got it within three weeks. DeGraaf recently joined Benzinga’s #PreMarket Prep to explain how that shows a clear pattern of falling bond yields when quantitative easing is terminated.

Opposite Of Expectations

When looking at the history of ending quantitative easing, the result in the bond market tends to be the exact opposite of what the chart board would have suggested, deGraaf said.

"People would have expected that when the Fed, of all buyers -- who’s not price-sensitive -- comes into the market, you are absolutely going to end up with lower yield because they’re going to drive interest rates lower," he said.

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DeGraaf explained that the opposite usually happens because it puts people in a risk-seeking mode.

"And so, why not sell my bond -- my safe assets -- to a price-insensitive buyer and turn around and use that money to buy risk assets?" deGraaf explained. "Just the opposite happens as the Fed starts to exit those liquidity programs."

The End of Quantitative Easing

He said that there’s no evidence from RenMac’s standpoint to suggest that this time when the Fed ends quantitative easing will be any different.

"So, you ask me what I’m bullish on and maybe what’s sort of an outlier call, I’d still be bullish on the bond markets and bearish on yields," he said.

DeGraaf also talked about utility stocks, including Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), Dominion Resources, Inc. (NYSE: D) and Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

Check out his full interview here:

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