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Chinese Yuan Could Give the IMF "a Shock It Isn't Prepared For"

On Monday, the Chinese yuan joined one of the most elite clubs on the planet: the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Rights basket of reserve currencies.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the yuan's inclusion was based on a clear indication of the reforms China has carried out.

Of course, the IMF could be dead wrong.

From a practical position, the IMF expects China will have to make its currency more freely tradable than it is – which, along with being a major exporter, is the other criteria the IMF considers in conferring reserve status on a currency, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani said on Monday. But there's a possibility the IMF jumped the gun on this.

Dark horizons lay ahead if the Chinese yuan isn't stable enough to deserve its new global reserve status...

Global Markets

Putin vs. Obama – Calling Each Other Out in the UN Meeting Today

The 70th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly kicked off today in New York City. The gathering pitted Putin vs. Obama in their first face-to-face meeting in nearly a year.

Over the last 12 months, the decimation of the ruble, record-low oil prices, and Western sanctions have crippled Russian wealth.

But despite President Obama's stated "desire not to return to the Cold War," the two leaders made clear today that's exactly where this relationship - and the Russian economy - is headed...

Global Economy

Greek Stocks Are Up 19% – but Don't Fall for the Rally

Recently, a chorus of voices have deemed the Greek stock market undervalued.

And while they looked to have bottomed out, Greece's new government is starting to renegotiate its debts with the Eurozone. Everything is way too fragile for Greece, and this sudden rally in Greek stocks is unwarranted.

Here's what you need to know about Greece right now, and why it's not worth your money...

Global investing

Better Investing Strategies Can Cut Demographic Risks

As developed nations age, birth rates drop, and populations decline, investing strategies need to change.

And Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald says no country illustrates this trend better than Japan. That country's population is expected to fall by 30 million by 20148.

But Fitz-Gerald does not advise pulling out of Japan – or any market today with an aging population.

Instead, he has an investing strategy that will prevail despite these risks...

Top News

See How Swiss Bank Policy Unleashed a "Tsunami" on These Stocks

A surprise Swiss Bank policy change shocked the stock market today (Friday)…

On Thursday, the Swiss Central Bank ended a three-year old policy that prevented the Swiss franc from appreciating too much against the euro.

The move sent the Swiss franc soaring 30% against the euro within minutes.

It also caught financial firms unprepared…

You see, the franc is one of the world's most-traded currencies. While holders of Swiss francs realized gains, financial institutions with large holdings of euros or dollars against the franc were routed – especially smaller firms that cannot bear big losses.

And Swiss exporters saw their goods become 30% more expensive to European buyers in a matter of minutes.

These charts show the Swiss Bank policy's devastating affect on small firms, big banks, and major Swiss exporters like The Swatch Group SA (VTX: UHR), Holcim Ltd. (VTX: HOLN), and Nestle SA (VTX: NESN)...

Emerging Markets

Investing in India: 600 Million Reasons to Keep Your Eyes on This Country

At Madison Square Garden on Sept. 28, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to our nation's top corporate and political leaders that India is now open for business.

As old as India's culture is, millions of its citizens seek the contemporary American dream of opportunity and prosperity.

Here's how Modi plans to deliver on this promise - and what it means for those investing in India...

Global Economy

Banco Espirito Santo's Newfound "Clarity" Just Makes Things Foggier

So what if there was some momentary panic over some Portuguese bank, Banco Espirito Santo, last week and contagion fears spilled out across the globe and markets tanked?

It's all better now. Everything has been cleared up. How do we know? Because the bank's regulators and the country's central bank, Banco de Portugal, are telling us so. It's all contained, they say.

Well, if you're reassured, don't read on - because this is going to <em>ruin your day</em>...

stock market today

Dow Jones Industrial Average Slips on Higher Jobless Claims, Ukraine Concerns

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 21.97 points to finish at 16,558.87 on Thursday on news that jobless claims were higher than expected and the International Monetary Fund committed $17 billion to stabilize the Ukrainian economy.

The S&P 500 was down 0.27 points to finish at 1,883.68, while the Nasdaq was up 12.90 points, closing at 4,127.45.

Here’s your recap of today’s major market events.

Global Economy

Our Man in Japan Shares a Soros-Beating Move

Editor's Note: Our readers always benefit from our global perspective. We're sharing this Private Briefing interview with our readers because it gives them a unique window into the one profit play that beat George Soros to the punch – and delivered returns that were more than 60% greater than what Mr. Soros himself enjoyed. Here's Bill…

KYOTO, Japan – I can't think of any Westerner who has a better handle on Japan-related investment opportunities than our own Keith Fitz-Gerald.

And there's a reason for that. Keith, the Chief Investment Strategist here at Money Map Press, married into a Japanese family many years ago and spends at least part of each year living in that country.

That's given Keith an unrivaled global vantage point and has given his readers the kind of "first-mover" advantage that usually leads to big profits.

Let me share a story that illustrates my point…

Energy Investing

Where the "Wired" Money Is Going Next

The Internet has been spotty, the phones are out, and the only people who can fix it are "off island" for the holidays.

Welcome to the Bahamas.

Of course, Marina and I can hardly complain. The temperature is in the low 80s, the rain falls after dark, and the friends we have built up over more than two decades are here to ring in the New Year.

The down time is certainly welcome…but it hasn't all been sleeping on the beach.

On this occasion, two interesting and profitable trends emerged...