Though the Fed has yet to give off any sign that it’s ready to pick a fight with the rising tide of deflation, investors are already arming themselves for that possibility by stocking up on bonds and gold to protect against an inflationary uptick. It might be a smart move.

At a luncheon in New York hosted by Thornburg Investment Management, Edward Maran, co-portfolio manager of the Thornburg Value Fund said he expects the Fed to aggressively fight back the against the threat of deflation through quantitative easing. The fear of deflation has been crippling the stock market, Maran added.

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