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Why Investors Must Brace for a Stock Market Correction

For decades, Wall Street has relied on the Federal Reserve's accommodative monetary policy and the "Fed Put," which has led to complacency among investors. However, as Fed Chair Jerome Powell channels Paul Volcker's spirit, investors must recognize the risk of a significant stock market correction. Powell appears bent on pursuing his dual objectives of whipping inflation and ending the Fed Put. Investors should recognize that the days of easy money are over. It may be prudent to position portfolios accordingly. By ignoring Powell's message, Wall Street and the mainstream media are setting the stage for a rude awakening as the Fed prioritizes inflation, long-term credibility and the public interest.

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Despite Wall Street's demands for rate cuts, Powell remains unwavering in his determination to whip inflation, regardless of short-term consequences for the stock market. This stance is not merely a response to current economic conditions but also an acknowledgment of the Fed's role in creating the worst wealth gap in history.

Powell understands that bold action is necessary to restore the Fed's credibility. By insisting on ending the Fed Put, he sends a clear message that the Fed will no longer bail out Wall Street at the expense of Main Street.

Economic data consistently indicates that the U.S. economy is booming, providing the Fed with flexibility to maintain a hawkish stance without risking severe recession. Growing populist movements also pressure the Fed to prioritize average Americans over the financial elite.

Sophisticated investors must recognize that the Fed's resolve to whip inflation and kill the Fed Put, combined with a strong economy, creates a perfect storm for a significant stock market correction. As interest rates remain elevated and the Fed refrains from intervening during downturns, investors will be forced to reassess the true value of their holdings.

The stock market's valuations have become disconnected from underlying fundamentals, due to the belief in the Fed Put. As this belief is shattered, a painful repricing of risk assets may be likely. Sophisticated investors who fail to adjust their portfolios may find themselves on the wrong side of this shift in monetary policy.

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