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    Thanks to U.S. Federal Reserve policies that are holding market rates down near zero, you're barely getting one one-hundredth of a percentage point on your cash deposits.

    It's bad enough that you're getting practically no yield on your savings. But now the big banks - those greedy fellows that we taxpayers bailed out from a crisis they actually caused - are about to start charging you to deposit money with them. All thanks to policies enforced by the central bankers.

    Welcome to the brave new world of central bank tyranny...

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Another Washington "Watchdog" Proves to Be a Paper Tiger

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I've talked about the dangers posed by the scary move the U.S. Treasury bond market made back on Oct. 15.

And my cautionary tale was totally justified.

Indeed, in the December 3 Wall Street Journal, the lead article in the Global Finance portion of the Money & Investing section was "Watchdog Warns of Risk in Markets."

Apparently, the Office of Financial Research (OFR), the watchdog team created out of Dodd-Frank legislation under the "watchful" eye of the U.S. Treasury Department, observed the same move that I did - and found it just as rattling.

According to The Journal, the OFR warned that "the system is vulnerable to repeats of what occurred in October when tumult in the trading of U.S. Treasury securities spread broadly to futures, swaps and options markets."

The watchdog group's just-released third annual report soberly noted that "although the dislocation that peaked in mid-October was fleeting, we believe there is a risk of a repeat occurrence," and further warned that resulting volatility "raises a host of financial stability questions."

That's not what you want to hear. Let me tell you why...

Science Proves What We Said About the Banksters

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"Business culture in the banking industry is favoring, or at least tolerating, fraudulent or unethical behaviors."

That's what Ernst Fehr told reporters in a telephone interview last week.

Fehr is an economist at the University of Zürich in Switzerland who co-led a study about business behavior.

Fehr's study proves what we've all long known - but it wasn't the only piece of news last week that demonstrates the crookedness of bankers.

Today I'll show you how Wall Street's manipulations are affecting the prices we pay for everything from the cars we drive to our pots and pans.

So you know you want to know more about this...

How We'll Play the 2014 Year-End Rally

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With the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500 indices repeatedly making new highs, chances are better than good that markets will rally through year-end.

There are lots of reasons why stocks are headed higher, but one in particular is telling.

It's really a simple one, yet too many people have overlooked it; indeed, most wouldn't even give it enough thought.

And that would be a big mistake.

You see, if you understand that one compelling reason, you can pick some winners, and pocket big profits, yourself...

The Real Reason Price Fixing Is Coming to an End

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"Price fixing" or "fix" are Wall Street terms used to describe how benchmarks are priced on hundreds of instruments, from the Libor and other foreign currency exchange rates to gold, silver, and swaps.

While the methodologies used to determine fixes are different, in all cases where benchmarks are fixed by panels, the input of the bankers is what results in the output.

But here’s where things get a little… funny.

Here's What the Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes Really Mean (NYSE: GS)

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"The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra" was broadcast on NPR's "This American Life" on Sept. 26. Carmen Segarra, a former Fed examiner in the bowels of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), secretly recorded some of the goings-on there.

And what was revealed in those tapes speaks a lot to who's really running the show there - the Fed or the big banks.

We’re all screwed. Here’s why…

Don't Listen to the GAO – "Too Big to Fail" Is Bigger Than Ever

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Last week the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled "Large Bank Holding Companies: Expectations of Government Support."

And wouldn't you know it - all the "Too Big to Fail" banks broke out their crack pipes.

The report didn’t surprise anybody. After all, we all already know that big banks are government bootlickers, when they need to be.

But there's a version of reality in here that only makes sense if you're smoking crack...

That Warm Air You're Feeling Is the Big Banks' Stinking Bad Breath

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I can't figure out where that warm breeze is coming from.

Oh, it's the air of confidence wafting over me knowing everything's as it should be with our too-big-to-fail banks, and that they're not going anywhere.

The big banks are safe, they have a handle on their assets and liabilities, and the Fed's stress tests are a warm blanket that lets us all sleep well at night.

What, you're still worried?

Feds Finally Put Their Scopes on the “Too Big to Jail”

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Late last month, depending on how you look at it, either something wonderful happened - or the feds continued their cowardly, conniving ways.

A group of federal prosecutors met in Washington and in New York with various financial regulators to discuss filing criminal charges against and coercing guilty pleas out of two giant banks. This looks to be a historic occurrence.

But two things say we shouldn’t pop open the champagne just yet...

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC): Someone from This Fraud Machine Needs to Go to Jail

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Last week Bank of America (BofA) got slammed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for fraudulent marketing and sales of "add-on" products.

The CFPB found that they had ripped off credit card customers by selling them identity theft protection and credit protection programs, without ever actually providing much of anything.

Read all about BofA's shady marketing practices... the other banks that have also engaged in fraud...

and why someone needs to be locked up for it...

Don't Believe the Headlines – Big Banks Are Still Screwing You

When it comes to big banks' bad behavior and the fines they pay to settle "allegations" - which are actually civil charges and which would be criminal charges if applied to any other business or in any parallel universe - things aren't even close to what they seem.

Sure the headlines scream victory, at least monetary victory, for some ripped-off consumers, some hard-charging regulators, and our vaunted (NOT) Justice Department.

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The Shocking Deals Behind Banksters' Fines

Editor's Note: Yesterday Shah showed you the easiest way to make a fortune in the markets, as long as you're willing to break one of Wall Street's golden rules. Today, here's another reason Shah's so willing...
Headline news about banks settling charges for violating rules, regulations, and laws - and announcements of the fines they agree to pay - appears every day...
Rarely - if ever - do they reveal how much money is really being paid or where it's going...
They also seldom explain what kinds of settlements are reached...
Or how banks negotiate what they'll actually pay and to whom... or how they negotiate tax deductibility of fines... or how they get "credits" for fines they never pay... or how insurance covers some of it...
This is not one of those stories... this is about what really happens behind the banksters' doors.

Goldman Sachs' Most Dangerous Trade

Here's something you probably don't know, and it will really tick you off.

You probably do know the biggest banks in the world have commodities businesses.

Those lines of business might include trading desks (trading everything from gold and copper to kilowatts), transportation (pipelines, railcars and tankers) and storage (warehousing) operations, mining operations, as well as production, refining, and raw and finished commodity distribution operations.

What you probably don't know is that one of the "commodities" a few of these monster banks (Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank) trade is...are you ready?

Okay, I'll tell... but you won't believe it.

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