Everything that I have been reading for months suggests that the Fed will continue to print money to monetize our unpayable debt and to devalue the dollar in order to make our future debt payments with less valuable dollars. The effect of the increased money supply has been to increase the value of real assets such as metals, oil and agricultural products, while causing one of the greatest stock market booms in history. Had the Fed not printed so much money, we would have probably had a 1929-style stock market crash, worse unemployment than we currently have and a clear-cut depression. However, this article suggests that the Fed is getting ready to decrease the money supply to prevent inflation: http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/28677 If that is true, the dollar could rise, the stock market would probably fall and real assests would either fall or stop rising so rapidly. But the issue of what to do with our astronomical, ever-expanding national debt remains. I am curious if anyone has read anything else about whether and when the Fed is planning to pull dollars out of circulation to prevent inflation and what effect this might have on the markets.