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Capitalism Might Not Survive the Fed's Next "Big Idea"

At the Fed's Jackson Hole symposium last month, there were strong hints from Fed Chair Janet Yellen and Vice Chair Stanley Fischer that they want to raise rates in the near future, but they have broken such promises before.

Those broken promises are likely what lead investors to continue their staggering complacency, and they missed some very disturbing noises about the Fed's plans to deal with the next recession.

These plans are unconstitutional and dangerous, but they're only the next step in a quiet revolution that's already being waged by central banks worldwide.

Credulous, complacent investors put themselves at risk of catastrophic losses as this "revolution" moves further along toward its only logical conclusion…

The wholesale destruction of free markets – and the wealth that people have parked there…

But it's the Fed's most recent move that could destroy everything. Here's the best move you can make in this environment to protect your money...

Stocks

[Chart] Speculative Trading on U.S. Markets Is at a Dangerous High

Speculative trading for long positions on the Dow and S&P 500's rise are at record highs for this year.

But evidence is showing the bulls don't have much to be bullish about...

The Fed

Burying Our Future at Jackson Hole

Fed Chair Janet Yellen is set to speak in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, today.

When she does, she'll say one thing - but this is what she really means...

Gold

What Country Has the Most Gold Reserves Now?

The gold-buying at some central banks has accelerated in recent years, prompting the question, "What country has the most gold reserves now?"

The concentration of gold among the top 15 countries is startling. This small group holds 83.2% of the world's gold reserves.

But some central banks have been boosting their gold reserves at a breakneck pace.

Here are the countries buying the most - and why...

The Fed

Kill the Fed, Free the Markets – How to Replace America’s Scheming Central Bank

Repairing the damage the Fed's schemes have inflicted on free markets will require replacing it altogether.

Our expert says the fix is easier than you'd think...

Market crash

Grab This "Peak Dollar" Profit Play Now

The U.S. dollar has become the world's largest fiat currency experiment ever. Not only is it the world's reserve currency, but numerous other nations have either adopted it as their own, used it to peg their own currency, or widely accept it to settle transactions.

Interest rates, precious metals, agricultural products, and energy are all priced in dollars.

Famously, the U.S. government pledged its support to the Saudi royal family – so long as the House of Saud accepted oil payments in "petrodollars" only.

But I'm seeing evidence that throws the dollar's long-term health and survival into doubt. I don't think it's going to disappear tomorrow, of course, but its dominance is likely on the wane.

That's bad news for investors who aren't ready to move with the big changes, but it could be one of the biggest opportunities of this century...

Stocks

What Credit Markets Are Telling Us About Stocks Now

Rather than trust markets to heal themselves, the world's central banks have polluted markets with flawed economic theories and trillions of dollars of debt. Rather than ignite economic growth as they had hoped, however, they have suffocated the global economy.

It began with the U.S. Federal Reserve's move to lower interest rates to zero seven years ago, followed by several bouts of quantitative easing...

The Fed

Janet Yellen Testimony to Congress

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen delivered the semiannual Monetary Policy Report Tuesday morning before the House of Representatives. This was Yellen's first public address since assuming the role as head of the U.S. central bank after predecessor Ben Bernanke on Feb. 3, 2014.

Yellen, who until last week served as vice chair of the Fed, testified on the health of the U.S. economy, her commitment to the central bank's ongoing stimulus efforts, and regulatory needs for the financial system.

The full text of Yellen's remarks follows.

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The Fed

FOMC Meeting Today: What to Expect as Bernanke Exits

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today will be U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's last before handing off the reins to Janet Yellen on Saturday.

As Bernanke sits in for his last meeting this week, we answered three of the most commonly asked questions our readers have been sending us about today's FOMC meeting and the possible outcomes:

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The Fed

Today's FOMC Meeting Minutes: Plan? What Plan?

Today's (Wednesday) release of the December FOMC meeting minutes makes clear one thing: the U.S. Federal Reserve does not have a plan for the course of the stimulus reduction it announced last month. On Dec. 18, the date of the last FOMC meeting, Fed officials announced a winding down of its $85 billion in monthly […]

But that's no excuse for investors not to have a plan...