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Fed Strategy from Mohammed Ali

Bernanke's actions last week – failing to taper, yet still trying to maintain the illusion that QE is a good thing – are setting up a one-two punch that's not unlike boxing champion Mohammed Ali's famous "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee" approach.

If you recall, Ali was a master of the combination – some say the best ever. He loved to bring his opponents in close. Ali could see through the duplicity of his opponents' strategy and land punches that won decisively.

Ali did that using combinations that were based in fighting terms on two contrasts: high-low or short-long, or even left and right. He pressed every advantage he could find, even when others thought there were none to be had. Knowing he wanted to go the full 15 rounds, Ali developed a strategy that would become known as the "rope-a-dope" as a means of tiring out his opponents early on, then vanquishing them in later rounds when the fight really began.

I think we should take a page from Ali's playbook and split the "fight" Bernanke's presented us with into two distinct time zones: the current "round," and those that happen down the line. One short. One long.

Is that possible?

Absolutely. What's more, it's easy to do.

First, though, put yourself in Bernanke's place...

Q&A

How Gold, Oil, and Syria Really Mix… Plus "3 Strikes Against Apple"

The markets are very complicated at the moment, which is why now's an ideal time to reach into the Money Morning Mailbag and address your concerns.

The goal here is simple: To provide understandable, actionable, and, of course, profitable answers to your thoughtful and extremely insightful questions.

Tech Investing

Microsoft: Look at This Chart Before You Decide

Judging from the 7.28% "Ballmer Bounce" that followed his announcement, the markets love the idea of long-suffering Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stepping down.

So do a lot of investors who believe now – finally – it's time to buy Microsoft.

But is it?

Can the company bring in a new CEO with vision? Can it finally begin to understand content? And is it willing to jettison employees and products that aren't "worth" what the legacy suggests?

I could write you some long, eloquent essay on the merits of corporate turnarounds.

Instead, I'm going to show you one simple chart...

Investing Tips

Stock-Market "Antifreeze" Can Boost Your Return, Too

If there's one thing a trader fears most, it's a lack of information… especially when it comes to the most basic of all: price.

So I wasn't surprised when all hell broke loose last week when the entire Nasdaq exchange shut down for three hours. "Technical issues" related to price quote dissemination.

China

I Just Uncovered Some Shocking Numbers About China

There are few things more exciting in the investment business than finding a golden opportunity staring you in the face.

That's why I do a lot of research. Because I know that the more I dig, the greater the chance I will find something that others miss, that leads to big opportunity.

Just like when I revisited China's recent economic data, looking for something in there that indicates whether the country's economy is any closer to reviving its engine of growth.

And its stock market, too.

The Chinese stock market has fallen 40.9% since August 2009, leading Oppenheimer to refer to it as a "dead animal" and millions of investors to conclude it's a lost cause.

All the more reason to dig…

Hot Stocks

How to Find the Best Stocks to Buy in a Stock Market Sell-Off

A stock market sell off can be the best time to hunt for stocks to buy. Stocks can slide 10% to 20% before it's all said and done.

But the markets' upward bias means money is always going to look for a place to go. When others are panicking, savvy investors keep their cool and swoop in to have their fill.

The question is, which stocks should you buy in these sell offs?

Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald sorts the good from the bad from the ugly, and tells us where to be when the money comes back home.

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Big Data

Goodbye Privacy: Big Data Is Coming to Town

Just like the Christmas song, "He knows when you've been sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows when you've been bad or good…"

But nowadays it isn't Santa, it's Big Data. And it's becoming big business.

What can companies do with big data?

Get this:

China

Keith Fitz-Gerald Sheds Different Light on China’s Economic Growth Forecasts

We've heard reports of a slowdown in the Chinese juggernaut. Forecasts have shown that China's economy will grow by "only" 7.5% in the second quarter of 2013.

Europe is already in a recession, and America's own economic growth is wheezing along at less than 1% this quarter.

Is the media hype about China's economic growth slowdown overblown, or will it have real fallout for the United States and Europe?

Money MorningChief Investment Strategist Keith-Fitzgerald speaks with FOXBusiness' "Varney & Co."about what these figures really mean for the global economy. Watch the following video for the answer.

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Investing Tips

Are You Keeping Yourself From Getting Rich?

"Why is it that people seem to plan for everything except success?"

My colleague Bill Patalon who heads up Private Briefing made that comment to me recently during one of our after-hours chats. We've held them almost every day for the past 7 years since we started working together.

Long after the markets have closed and most of the team has gone home, "BP" and I talk about the events of the day by phone. No matter where I am in the world, I look forward to the 15 or so minutes we spend together.

Last Thursday, though, BP changed things up based on a series of notes he received from subscribers about a call I made.

Those who'd followed my advice had made out big while those who hadn't were grousing about it. Hence his question which, truth be told, was more of an exasperated statement: Is it possible to be a successful investor over the long term?

The way I see things, it's absolutely possible for individual investors to beat both the stock market and Wall Street.

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Top News

Apple Tax Strategy: Who's at Fault?

The Apple tax strategy is similar to many other major U.S. companies: shift billions of dollars to low-tax international jurisdictions to avoid paying taxes on that income.

But now Congress is accusing Apple of creating "a highly developed tax avoidance system" that cost the United States billions of dollars, economic growth and jobs. A Senate investigation found that Apple avoided paying taxes on $74 billion in overseas profits over four years.

Apple CEO Tim Cook will face Congress today to defend the Apple tax strategy, which Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, called "unpatriotic."

That's why Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald joined FOX Business' "Varney & Co." Tuesday morning to talk about the Apple tax strategy.

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