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What Today's ECB Decision to Cut Rates Means for Investors

The European Central Bank announced a number of monetary policy changes Thursday in attempts to spur anemic growth and fend off slack inflation.

Disappointed investors sent stocks lower in early trading.

Here's what the ECB decision means for investors...

Stock market

The World Can No Longer Ignore These Threats

As the world reels from the barbarous, but all too predictable, terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday evening, markets will also be trying to regain their balance after a difficult week. What the Paris attacks have in common with last week's market losses is that they both disabused observers of the illusions that they can continue ignoring the consequences of political and policy weakness.

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Market Crash

UBS: A Stock Market Crash Is Inevitable

A stock market crash in inevitable – we've been saying it for months.

Now a UBS economist, in a note to investors on Friday, predicted the same. "Signs are accumulating that, after six-and-a-half years and price gains of more than 200%, the Bull Market has entered into the 'Late Innings.'"

Here's how we know that a stock market crash is indeed on the horizon - and how you can profit from this well-timed warnings...

Oil

How the New Budget Deal Will Affect the Oil Market

The House of Representatives just voted to approve a budget deal to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.

And buried in this last-minute accord designed to save us from another government shutdown is a provision to sell oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

Why is the United States going to put this oil up for sale now, when domestic producers are under pressure - and how will this impact the oil market?

China

A Yuan Reserve Currency Is Coming – Brace for a $2 Trillion Global Disruption

It's almost certain a yuan reserve currency will become reality 11 months from now, triggering a foreign currency shift of as much as $2 trillion – an existential threat to the U.S. dollar's status as the world's primary reserve currency.

Last week, Bloomberg reported that International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials have told Chinese officials that the yuan will join the organization's basket of reserve currencies "soon."

Here's why this will make the yuan a disruptive force...

The Fed

Why This Week's FOMC Meeting Won't Result in a Rate Hike

Investors are awaiting this week's FOMC Meeting, yet the overwhelming consensus is that the Fed won't raise interest rates.

The U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day meeting kicks off Tuesday. The Fed meeting will conclude with a statement at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. There will not be a press conference after the meeting.

Here's why the Fed will stand pat on interest rates at the October meeting...

China

Why Chinese Interest Rates Were Slashed Again Today

China's central bank on Friday cut both Chinese interest rates and banks' reserve requirement ratio. It's an effort to boost China's slowing economy.

The People's Bank of China (PBOC) trimmed its benchmark lending and deposit rate by 0.25% each. They are now at 4.35% and 1.5%, respectively.

The cut in Chinese interest rates comes just days after China reported its slowest GDP growth rate since the Great Recession...

Technology

Microsoft Stock to Thrive on This "Borrowed" Strategy (Nasdaq: MSFT)

The chart for Microsoft stock over the past two years suggests the stock's solid run in 2014 peaked in early 2015.

In 2015, MSFT stock is up less than 3% and has zig-zagged a lot along the way. But don't be fooled. The Microsoft rebound is far from over.

That's because the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant has adopted a new, promising strategy.

Here's how this new strategy will generate billions of dollars in value for Microsoft investors...

Global Markets

America Is About to Import a Global Debt Crisis

A global debt crisis is coming. The warning signs have been emerging for months.

"This market instability is not going away. It's been building for six years. It can only end one way – with a 'Super Crash,'" Money Morning Global Credit Strategist Michael E. Lewitt told readers back on Sept. 8. "It's not just China that's creating this next (much worse) sell-off. It's also the massive, $200 trillion global debt bubble that's driving the world economy to its knees."

Now, it seems, major media outlets are finally catching on…

This week, an award-winning investigative journalist for Salon wrote a well-researched piece that concluded "trillions of dollars of investment in emerging markets has been fueled by cheap credit - and the bill's coming due"...

Economic Data

The Global Wealth Gap Has Grown Historically Wide

According to a new report from Credit Suisse AG (NYSE: CS), the global wealth gap has grown to historic proportions.

The top 0.7% of adults by net worth now control more than 45% of the world's total wealth.

Here's the full breakdown...