Cashin: Taper not priced into market

Cashin: Taper not priced into market

The Federal Reserve's economic stimulus program has not been priced into the financial markets, UBS' Art Cashin told CNBC.

"You have to be a little careful here," Cashin said on "Squawk on the Street" on Wednesday. "The fulcrum point will be the bond market. A lot of people are trying to say, 'Well everybody knows tapering is coming, so it's priced in the market.' It is not priced in the market."

Cashin, UBS' director of floor operations at the New York Stock Exchange, said he was concerned about traders on margin "panicking.' A spike in bond yields and rates could result as investors try to anticipate the next move from the Federal Reserve and when it begins to scale down its $85-billion-a-month bond buying program.

(Read more: The Fed has created a huge global bubble: Stockman)

What's more, an expected budget showdown could exacerbate the situation, Cashin said.

"That would then spill over into here, and unfortunately, as the New Year begins, our elected officials come back, and we get to play that game all over again," Cashin said.

(Read more: Stocks could see new volatility in 2014)

—By CNBC's Jeff Morganteen. Follow him on Twitter at @jmorganteen and get the latest stories from "Squawk on the Street"


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