QE3 Poll

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If QE3 is announced, what's your game plan?

Stay the course
Keep AA but increase TIPS within Bond allocation
Change AA, increasing TIPS from Equities
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Change AA, increasing equities from bonds
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QE3 Poll

Post by FinanceFun » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:26 pm

Im not planning on doing anything, but interesting thought exercise...

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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by jaytheman » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:34 pm

I think once QE3 is announced, it would be too late. Stay the course.

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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by xerty24 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:41 pm

My plan is to have already bought equities.
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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by mhc » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:49 pm

I didn't even know that there was talk about QE3. I don't even know how this would impact things. I guess that is why I voted for "Stay the course." Maybe selective ignorance is a good thing.

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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by bob90245 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:13 pm

Why single out QE3? Aren't there dozens of potential policy actions that will affect investors? Or is your response to change your portfolio in different ways depending on the policy action implemented?
Ignore the market noise. Keep to your rebalancing schedule whether that is semi-annual, annual or trigger bands.

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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by Ice-9 » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:24 pm

Not changing if QE3 happens, but sort of semi-related I am buying I-bonds instead of the TIP ETF while the latter's real yield is negative. (I-bond can't go below 0%.)

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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by Atilla » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:29 pm

I took some money off the table today in my play-money account of individual stocks. Bernanke's comments didn't have anything to do with it, but gains in the stock market since the end of 2011 certainly were a factor - today was a nice bump up an reason enough to pull the sell trigger. I took a little stock money off the table a couple weeks ago as well in a couple other accounts. After riding through the grim early 2009 time period without panicking I figured what the hey.

Tax treatments of long term capital gains and dividends after 2012 were also a factor. I'm sliding away from individual stocks and high taxable yielding things into more tax-efficient stuff. If things stay on course going into 2013 - it's going to get uglier for taxable investments. Tax efficiency will become more important.

I will probably end up throwing the money either into tips or toward the mortgage after I let it fester in cash for a bit. With my wife's recent IRA contribution for tax year 2011 I got some thinking to do on where and when to put everything within the guidelines of our master plan.

Take the money and run and give the feds 15%. Cheaper deal than the money I have to actually earn by working.
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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by GregLee » Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:41 pm

From what I can tell, watching CNBC and reading an occasional Marketwatch article, Wall Street hangs on Bernanke's every word, and hopes for more QEs. So I guess that the market will go up if there is a QE3, and if there is one, I should sell bonds to buy more stocks. However, I'm already all in stocks, so I had to vote "stay the course".
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Re: QE3 Poll

Post by 555 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:41 am

I thought QE3 was happening now (with a twist).

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Post by Alex Frakt » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:01 am

Speculations on policy issues are off-topic here.

Before anyone complains that there is a direct investing element to this question, let me remind you that there are an infinite number of possible government actions that could be taken, by this reasoning we would have to allow polls and discussions on each one as long as they were couched in the same terms.