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U.S. Economy

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...

Trading Strategy

My Favorite Trading Strategy for the "Super Crash"

A lot of folks – especially individual investors – don't like to bet on stocks that are going down. That's understandable. It doesn't feel as good to bet against something.

But it would be prudent for investors to hedge their gains of the last five years; trees don't grow to the sky, especially when their roots are rotting.

This could help you do very well as stocks dive lower. Especially if you know how to use this trading strategy...

Apple

Apple Q4 Earnings: Why iPhone Worries Are Overblown (AAPL)

Wall Street is anxiously awaiting the Apple Q4 earnings, but not because it wants to know how many iPhones, Macs, and iPads the company sold in the last quarter. They know those number will be strong.

Analysts instead are worried about the guidance Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will give for the current quarter's iPhone sales.

Here are five reasons those concerns are unwarranted...

Stocks

Is Valeant Pharmaceuticals (NYSE: VRX) the New Enron?

The Valeant Pharmaceutical stock price has dropped more than 50% since August.

Some investors believe that the plummeting VRX stock is a signal to buy.

Find out why the history of another troubled company could predict the future cratering of the VRX stock price...

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...

Technology

Should I Buy Alibaba Stock Now? (NYSE: BABA)

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA) stock had fallen more than 43% in 2015 through September, but the stock has rebounded more than 25% in the last month.

That has investors wondering if they should buy Alibaba stock now...

Wall Street

10 Numbers That Stunned Investors This Week

Here are this week's need-to-know facts about the stock market, economy, Wall Street, and life-changing global events…

It's the numbers that count in this crazy world. They can tell stories that words sometimes can't.

Here's a look at some of the fascinating, infuriating, amusing, depressing, and altogether important numbers that the world has put up on the board recently - and why you need to know them...

Stocks

A Simple Way to Profit from Glencore's Complex Problems

Glencore Plc. is the world's biggest, most important commodities trader, and it is in big trouble, under heavy pressure from all directions.

Too many things have to go right for Glencore to escape. If it can't pare down its debt load fast enough, if it can't raise cash fast enough, if ratings agencies junk it, or if commodities prices keep falling, Glencore could implode – violently.

And thanks to its outsize position and importance to the global commodities market, any meltdown at Glencore would have truly global implications across the commodities and debt markets, derivatives, emerging markets and, of course, U.S. and world stock markets.

Glencore's situation is really complicated, but I'm going to show you a simple way to cash in big when this company heads over the cliff - and takes a large portion of the global economy with it...