“This you can bet on: The Federal Reserve will eventually stop its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program, an economic lifeline aimed at getting the country back on its feet after the financial crisis.
While no one knows when the central bank will start winding down the quantitative easing that has pushed down interest rates, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke hinted last week that the taps may start running dry sooner rather than later — perhaps as early as this summer.
The very thought sent a shiver through world stock and bond markets, though investors took some comfort after a closer look at Bernanke’s remarks and reassurances from European and Japanese central banks.
Markets got back on track this week on the prevailing view that Bernanke may not act all that soon after all. Still, the underlying message was clear: All good things must come to an end.
That said, there are ways to protect your portfolio and perhaps profit from the big shift. Experts recommend three strategies — a move into cash, alternative bond funds and buying shares that have lagged the recent run-up in stock prices — among other ideas.
Here are some tactics investors might consider as the era of quantitative easing ends:
CASH IS KING….”Twitter