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Forget trade — here’s the real risk to the stock market

“Over the longer term, however, the real policy risk facing Wall Street may not come from the White House or Congress, but from the Federal Reserve” writes Markets Reporter for The U.S. central bank has been gradually shifting its monetary policy in two significant ways: raising interest rates and reducing the size of its balance sheet.The Fed’s bond-buying program, which ballooned the central bank’s balance sheet to nearly $4.5 trillion, helped push down interest rates and made stocks look further more attractive than fixed income.See also: Do stocks or bonds offer the better value over the coming decade?.

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