Easing Money

 | Mar 08, 2013 | 12:00 PM EST
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This commentary originally appeared at March 8 on Real Money Pro -- for access to all of legendary hedge fund manager Doug Kass's strategies and commentaries, click here.

There is the view this morning, expressed by several strategists on CNBC's "Squawk Box," that the current global stock market advance is based on more than just quantitative easing and excessively liberal monetary policy.

It is less clear to me, and here is some evidence.

Countries' stock markets that are undergoing quantitative easing are materially outperforming those that are not delivering quantitative easing.

Let's examine two stock markets and look at the major differences in performance:

  • China -- via iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund (FXI) -- is the only major region not doing quantitative easing.
  • Japan -- via iShares MSCI Japan Index Fund (EWJ) -- is undergoing substantial easing. And if one looks at the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund (DXJ) for Japan, which takes out the currency exposure and is not depressed by the yen weakness as EWJ is, it makes my point even more.

Now, let's compare the stock market performance of China (again, via FXI) with the U.S. stock market -- via SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) -- which is also engaged in quantitative easing. The same relationship of underperformance exists.

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