Fed Trying To Smoke You Out?

Many investors are secretly wondering what’s really behind the Fed’s historic rate cut?

Oh sure, we know they’re trying give banks a compelling reason to lend to one another. And they say, they’re keen on bringing down mortgage rates as a way to re-ignite home sales.

But is there something else going on here? Is it possible that the Fed is trying to make cash so unattractive that you go out and take some risk?

We know it sounds a bit like a conspiracy theory, but it also makes sense. If cash becomes so unattractive maybe you’ll dip your toe elswhere.

Are we right, is the Fed trying to smoke you out?

According to Karen Finerman the short answer is yes. Specifically, she thinks the Fed is trying to spark life into the corporate bond market which has been badly beaten down.

And before they're successful, she suggests getting in. “A lot of holders of debt were very leveraged and investors who owned debt had to sell regardless of price,” she explains. In other words, corporate debt is cheap.

Of course it's not easy for everyone to play corporate debt. If you're an individual investor, Finerman recommends contacting a financial services firm such as Charles Schwab and asking about their high yield fund.

And if the corporate debt market isn't for you there's always the stock market. In fact, Pete Najarian thinks the stock market presents much better investing opportunities than bonds. “But you can’t be willy nilly, you have to pick and choose" he says. “I try to find the stocks that are oversold. Right now. I’m looking at Siemens .”

Guy Adami concurs. "I’d look at Celgene , he counsels . It’s been beaten up and I think it’s a buy.

Well, if the Fed is trying to smoke you out – so far their plan isn’t working.

U.S. Treasury prices jumped on Thursday, driving yields to fresh historic lows, as investors flocked to bonds to try to lock in safe returns at year-end.

Even the growing debt the government has accumulated to fund its menu of programs to resuscitate the economy has not curbed the scramble for Treasuries.

That's not terribly surprising. It's only been a few days since the Fed made it's historic move.

But the question remains, when will you come out of hiding?

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