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follow AD 2014 Nov 25, 3:41am
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Interesting... a lot of the stock market run up is due to financial engineering such as Quantitative Easing and lower interest rates which make it more affordable for companies to buy back their own shares.... hence, the earnings per share ratio increases even though for companies like IBM, revenues have remained nearly flat since 2008. See around 1:10 in the below video.
Look at how for 2013 and 2014 that sales or revenue growth has been around 3 to 4%.
Meanwhile as all the financial engineering continues within the US financial markets, Russia is buying a lot more gold now.
Well, corporate profits are really up.
But it's true that the low level of interest rates supports the stock market. IF and when we have an environment of increasing interest rates, it will likely be a different story, although nothing is certain. I reckon real interest rates are the thing to watch.
Fed and Markets More Co-Dependent Than Ever: