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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...
Today's FOMC Meeting Cheat Sheet
Today's FOMC meeting will kick off a two-day discussion of economic policy - and will leave unprepared investors confused...
Both the FOMC policy statement and its economic and market projections will be released on Wednesday at 2 p.m. EDT and will be followed by U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's press conference at 2:30 p.m.
[Editor's Note: Stay tuned to Money Morning for a Wednesday FOMC Meeting roundup.]
The question hot on everyone's tongue is what the FOMC will decide to do about the $85 billion in monthly bond buying - will the inevitable quantitative easing (QE) taper finally begin?
Check Out What the FOMC Meeting Minutes Did to the Stock Market Today
In one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes from July 30-31 were released today (Wednesday).
They will be picked apart for days - but here's what you need to know.
Fed Meeting at Jackson Hole Often Brings Market Fireworks; Here's What to Expect
Thursday, Aug. 22 marks the start of the annual Fed meeting at Jackson Hole, WY - although this one will be much different than those of years past...
Every year since 1981, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has invited a slew of economic luminaries to its annual symposium in tony Jackson Hole.
The Jackson Lake Lodge, nestled among two lakes on the Willow Flats that front the imposing Teton Range, can host central bankers from any one of the world's largest economies, as well as cutting-edge economic thinkers and theorists from global academia.
Global market- and bank-watchers look to the Fed meeting at Jackson Hole as a source of critical information regarding potential shifts in macroeconomic policy.
Investors look to the meeting to bring a healthy, if fleeting, shot in the arm to the markets and share prices. Nearly any unexpected remark or errant word coming from the proceedings has the ability to rock the markets.
FOMC Meeting: Fed Just Backtracked on QE Taper Talk
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting ended today (Wednesday) with word that the Fed plans to the stay the course on QE for now, backtracking from earlier hints it might begin tapering this fall.
"For all those looking for clear guidance on when quantitative easing will end, well, you will have to wait a little longer," Joel Naroff, president and chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisors Inc., wrote in a research note. "Indeed, there may have been some walking backwards today."
Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani said it's no surprise the Fed has backed away from talk of tapering.
FOMC Meeting: Look to Statement for QE Clues
Don't expect a definitive answer from this week's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting on when the Fed will begin tapering its massive quantitative easing program.
Instead, the focus will be on the FOMC's statement, which will be scoured for clues about when scaling back QE3 could begin.
"We do not expect any modifications to the asset purchase pace or forward guidance at this meeting, so markets are likely to hang on every word change in the statement," Michael Hanson, an economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research, said in a research report.
This month's FOMC meeting is the last before September, the month the markets have been expecting the Fed to announce "the taper."
Brian Gardner, senior vice president of Washington Research at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, said the economic outlook will be key to finding taper clues.
"We do not expect any changes in policy (either for large-scale asset purchases or for Fed funds rates) but the commentary on the state of the economy could be significant," Gardner said in a research note. "As Fed officials have recently reinforced their intent to look at the outlook for the labor market and the economy, any change in the Fed's description of the economy could provide a better idea of when the Fed might taper asset purchases."
But, Gardner added, "Our guess is that any change in language will be nuanced and keep the markets guessing about when the Fed will taper."
He said Friday's jobs report may ultimately be as significant as the FOMC statement in terms of gauging when tapering would take place.