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The Fed

FOMC Meeting Minutes Signal a Change in Fedspeak Is on Horizon

The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting (FOMC) meeting minutes were expected to mirror the same sentiments and monetary policy guidelines the U.S. Federal Reserve has been touting for months.

And on that front, this minutes release did not disappoint.

But that doesn’t mean these minutes were not important. Here’s what to look for moving forward…

The Fed

FOMC Meeting Minutes Release Today Will Be the Last of the QE3 Era

Ever since former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the tapering of the Fed's current bond-buying program in December, the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes have been unsurprising and awash in technical central-banker jargon.

It's followed the same pattern each time: the Fed will have its meetings, release a statement, and then three weeks later they will release the minutes of that meeting as per Fed protocol.

But, here’s why these minutes are important, if for no other reason than the timing of them…

The Fed

Here's What Rising Rates Really Do to Your Shares

There is a lot of lip service being paid to the upcoming stock market crash that we're supposed to expect once the Federal Reserve starts raising rates.

Every time we get close to a regularly scheduled Federal Reserve statement, financial pundits pontificate about the nuances of what the Fed Chair might say, not say, or imply.

It's like clockwork.

But one theme remains constant: any tightening of the Fed's easy monetary policies will spell impending doom for the easy-money-addicted stock market.

The only problem, though, is that historical facts just don't support the fear. In fact, there are opportunities for investment out there no matter what rates do…

The Fed

FOMC Meeting Today Saves Big News for Next Month

The U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today went according to plan, as the Fed will continue to taper bond purchases and is maintaining hushed tones on interest rate increases after the third round of quantitative easing (QE3) ends.

As far as monetary policy is concerned, nothing changed.

With business as usual at the Fed, here are the key takeaways from today’s Fed meeting…

The Fed

This Week's FOMC Meeting: Words Are Everything

Since December 2013, the U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting has been a routine exercise couched in humdrum Fedspeak and muted discussions on future monetary policy.

But with the meetings happening today (Tuesday) and tomorrow, it's becoming clear that the Fed can't stick to the same script for much longer, and at some point, the nation's central bank is going to have to come clean on when it plans to raise interest rates from its near-zero levels.

So, when are we going to see a rise in interest rates? Here's what we can say about the silent Fed...

The Fed

The Real Reason the Federal Reserve Is Afraid to Raise Interest Rates

When the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the U.S. Federal Reserve meets next week (Sept. 16-17) to consider when it should raise interest rates, it will have a huge disincentive to do so.

And we're not talking about what you'll hear in the mainstream media about whether the unemployment rate is finally low enough, or whether U.S. economic growth is finally strong enough to warrant tightening monetary policy.

No, what the Federal Reserve fears most is a problem of its own creation...

The Fed

FOMC Meeting: Watch for "Half-Baked Data" Supporting Lower Rates

The U.S. Federal Reserve will convene its two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today (Tuesday), its fourth of the year and the third with Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen in charge.

The FOMC is expected to announce a further reduction in the Fed's ongoing asset-buying program, but the real question is where short-term interest rates are headed.

Here's what to expect...

Big Banks

Feds Finally Put Their Scopes on the “Too Big to Jail”

Late last month, depending on how you look at it, either something wonderful happened – or the feds continued their cowardly, conniving ways.

A group of federal prosecutors met in Washington and in New York with various financial regulators to discuss filing criminal charges against and coercing guilty pleas out of two giant banks. This looks to be a historic occurrence.

But two things say we shouldn’t pop open the champagne just yet...

Federal Reserve

What Happened at Today’s FOMC Meeting

The Fed wrapped up a two-day policy meeting Wednesday with little fanfare and little investor reaction. There was no press conference following the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting this month – just a news release.

No surprises were expected Wednesday afternoon, and no surprises were delivered. Benchmarks were little changed ahead of the Fed’s statement and modestly higher after.

Here’s what transpired at today’s meeting and what it means for the markets.

The Fed

Janet Yellen's Speech on Monetary Policy: Three Big Questions Answered

Janet Yellen gave her first speech on monetary policy today (Wednesday) since assuming her position as chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve on Feb. 3, 2014.

While cautioning that the economy still needs the central bank's support, Yellen stated that the nation's economic recovery will be nearing completion within two years.

Get the full text of Janet Yellen's speech here.

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