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FOMC Members "Badly Out of Touch," says Keith Fitz-Gerald
In the wake of the Federal Reserve meeting last week, FOMC members have many public appearances planned in which they're expected to clarify the central bank's recent policy decisions.
Count Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald as one investing expert who will not be hanging on every speech.To continue reading, please click here...
Silver Prices Today Have Ben Bernanke to Thank
Thanks to that "party animal" Ben Bernanke, silver prices today are enjoying a nice bounce.
That's because the U.S. Federal Reserve chairman, along with the other members at the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting yesterday, decided to keep the quantitative easing (QE3) flowing steady with $85 billion of bond buying per month.
After the Fed announcement, silver prices rallied by 5.5% to more than $23 an ounce. That's the precious metal's biggest one-day gain since June 28.To continue reading, please click here...
Keith Fitz-Gerald Nails It on Today's FOMC Meeting
Almost every major news outlet predicted a taper coming out of today's FOMC meeting, but Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald went on the record months ago correctly predicting there would be no taper.
The major news outlets were wrong, and Fitz-Gerald nailed it...Read more...
All Things Fed: Keith Fitz-Gerald on Janet Yellen and Today's FOMC Meeting
Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today to discuss this week's FOMC meeting and Janet Yellen.
On Monday, Larry Summers announced he is dropping out of the candidate list to replace Ben Bernanke and become the next Fed chief. Next in line for new Fed chief role is Janet Yellen.To continue reading, please click here...
What the Fed Will Do at Today's FOMC Meeting
Optimism swept over investors following the September Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, but don't expect the same when this month's two-day Fed meeting wraps up tomorrow (Wednesday).
In fact, don't expect much of anything. No surprises and nothing new are expected.
It's widely agreed that the historic low interest rates won't be raised anytime soon, and there will be no grand announcements of any further game-changing stimulus programs like the Sept. 13 QE3 statement.
No new policy measures are forecast either, as focus has shifted to the Nov. 6 presidential election. Minutes from the meeting will be released Nov. 15, after ballots are cast.
This month's meeting will be more ho-hum and about discussions not delivery.
"The Fed has entered a holding pattern while watching for signs of a substantial improvement in the labor market," Ellen Zentner, senior U.S. economist for Nomura Securities told MarketWatch.
One Reason the Fed Meeting Today Might Not End in QE3
Dismal economic reports for the United States have recently made the stock market rise - not the expected reaction.
That is due to traders anticipating that a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) or a similar measure will be coming to stimulate the American economy.
Yet, despite unemployment rising in the United States and growth falling, no major economic stimulus programs along the lines of QE3 have yet been announced by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at any Fed meeting.
The timing of QE2 explains why.
QE2 was a program where the Federal Reserve inflated its balance sheet to purchase about $700 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds to finance the federal budget deficit. This unprecedented act was required as few other investors, either foreign or domestic, were buying U.S. Treasury bonds at the prevailing interest rates.
Without this action, the low interest rate environment promised by Bernanke until at least 2014 and imperative for the recovery of the United States economy, particularly the real estate sector, would have been untenable.
The Federal Reserve as a result became the "buyer of last resort" for U.S. Treasury bonds.
QE2 was announced by Bernanke at the Jackson Hole economic policy summit in August 2010. However, the Fed's bond buying did not start until after the mid-term elections in November 2010. QE2 ended in June 2011.
That is why QE3 has neither been announced nor initiated.
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