Cold Hard Proof the Fed is Intervening in Stocks Directly

Over the last week, I’ve outlined how the Federal Reserve (or “the Fed”) is now forced to intervene in the financial markets on a regular basis. And yesterday, I suggested that the Fed is actually buying stocks directly.

Technically, the Fed is not supposed to buy stocks or stock futures. And they certainly do not include those assets on their balance sheet listings, which are published every week.

However, we know from Fed meeting minutes that the Fed does indeed own positions in the markets that it does not publish.

Case in point: Back in October 2012, then-Fed Governor Jerome Powell (now-Fed Chair), explained what happens when the Fed decides to sell its investment positions during a discussion:

“So when it is time for us to sell, or even to stop buying, the response could be quite strong; there is every reason to expect a strong response. So there are a couple of ways to look at it. It is about $1.2 trillion in sales; you take 60 months, you get about $20 billion a month. That is a very doable thing, it sounds like, in a market where the norm by the middle of next year is $80 billion a month. Another way to look at it, though, is that it’s not so much the sale, the duration; it’s also unloading our short volatility position. [Emphasis my own.]

Source: Federal Reserve

Here, Powell is stating that the Fed has a “short volatility” position ― meaning the Fed is either shorting the Volatility Index (VIX) via futures, or options.

However, I believe the Fed is doing more than this. I believe the Fed is OPENLY intervening in the stock market on a regular basis.

See for yourself.

On Oct. 23, 2019, Amazon (AMZN) – one of the four largest companies on the S&P 500 – opened in the red on heavy volume.

It looked as though it was going to be a bloodbath when suddenly at 10 AM, AMZN’s stock stopped on a dime and reversed sharply higher.

Chart: Highly Unusual Activity

The Fed is behind this sudden change in stock direction.

Here’s how I know…

  1. The intervention involved indiscriminate buying. Meaning the buyer was trying to move the market instead of opening any real positions.
  1. The intervention occurred at specific times of day, specifically 9:50 AM. (Real buyers place orders based on value, NOT the time of day.)
  1. Trading volume FELL during the move.

Let’s break down each of these below…

#1: Fed Interventions Involve Indiscriminate Buying

REAL buyers (especially hedge funds) DON’T want to move the market. So they enter buy orders in large blocks over time to prevent this. Compare that to what happened on Oct. 23, 2019, in AMZN when shares went absolutely vertical.

#2: Fed Interventions Occur at Specific Times of Day

REAL buyers DON’T randomly enter massive buy orders based on a particular time of the day. I’ve done extensive back-testing and throughout the last three years anytime stocks opened in the red in a big way, they almost always stopped on a dime and reversed higher at 9:50-10 AM.

Again, this is not normal.

#3: Trading Volume FALLS During Fed Interventions

We know an intervention occurred in the AMZN example above because trading volume collapsed soon after if happened. (See the lower half of the chart above.)

If the move in AMZN’s stock had been caused by REAL buyers coming into the markets, the trading volume would have stayed strong or only declined slightly. Instead, it absolutely collapsed as stocks rose, indicating that real buyers were not coming into the market.

This is why I refer to Fed interventions as “ghost money” in the markets. It isn’t real money coming from real investors who are actually investing in stocks.

This is just one example. I have dozens of others. And my research all points to one thing:

The Fed is intervening in the stock market.

Now the big question is: How do we profit from this?

Glad you asked.

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  • 22% in 35 minutes
  • 56% in 100 minutes
  • 70% in 130 minutes
  • 85% in 90 minutes
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I’ll detail this trading strategy in the coming days. But for now, know this…

This is the single most incredible discovery of my career. Stay tuned.

Best Regards,

Graham Summers
Editor, Money & Crisis

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