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    After an "impressive" May jobs report, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEXDJX:.DJI) ended its third consecutive week on a down-note, losing 56.12 points (-0.31%) on Friday while the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) also fell for the third consecutive week, dropping 3.01 points (0.14%) on the day.

    On the week, the Dow lost 161 points or 0.9% to 17,849.46 while the S&P 500 fell 15 points or 0.7% to 2092.83. For the year, the Dow has gained a mere 26 points, far less than 1%, while the S&P 500 has climbed by 33 points or only 1.6%.

    The NASDAQ Composite (INDEXNASDAQ:.IXIC) has done much better, ending the week basically flat at 5068.46; it is now up about 7% on the year as social media, biotech and tech stocks continue to rise.

    But the week's biggest story isn't on the big indexes...

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Stay Away from This Irrational Indulgence

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When I see the market rally mindlessly - as it did on Friday, after the jobs report pushed the jobless rate down to 5.4%- I ask myself a set of questions like the following.

Do investors really think it's going to matter if the Fed raises interest rates by a quarter of a point in September instead of June? Do they really think it's normal that €3 trillion of European debt is yielding less than zero? The Swiss National Bank (Switzerland's Federal Reserve) owns $100 billion of stocks...Is that considered normal?

I can't be any more direct than this - sometimes the plane hits the ground before people have a chance to parachute to safety. Investors trying to ride this market to the bitter end are going to find the end is bitter, indeed...

Here's When Apple Hits $200

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One of Apple's core strengths is its ability to develop and market products that consumers don't even realize they need yet.

And Keith believes that's a key reason why the shares will hit $200 by this date. Don't worry, there's still time to buy...

The Truth Behind the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion

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Seeking out major trends and power shifts in the global economy is a part of my work that I enjoy most.

It's a lot of work, and needless to say, it involves constant research.

That's why a piece I recently read in Foreign Affairs absolutely shocked me...

The piece is a bit revolutionary, as its authors speak to a drastically different way of stimulating an ailing economy than the path we're on today.

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The Real Reason the Federal Reserve Is Afraid to Raise Interest Rates

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When the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the U.S. Federal Reserve meets next week (Sept. 16-17) to consider when it should raise interest rates, it will have a huge disincentive to do so.

And we're not talking about what you'll hear in the mainstream media about whether the unemployment rate is finally low enough, or whether U.S. economic growth is finally strong enough to warrant tightening monetary policy.

No, what the Federal Reserve fears most is a problem of its own creation...

This Has Been Making Investors Rich for 140 Years

People are viewing the end of stimulus as a sunset. "My, what a wonderful day we've had," they say.

What they should be doing is investing for tomorrow's dawn - the turmoil we're seeing now as part of Yellen's arrival is actually par for the course.

It's also a great time to lock your sights on four companies that will lead the way when the smoke clears... Full Story

How the Fed QE Taper Will Affect Foreign Markets

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Hints from the U.S. Federal Reserve this week that the quantitative easing taper is near ruffled feathers on Wall Street last week - but the idea of less Fed stimulus has caused much more turmoil in certain overseas markets. Here are the places getting hit the hardest.
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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.

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FOMC Meeting: Fed Just Backtracked on QE Taper Talk

After the two-day FOMC meeting, the committee just backtracked on all the previous taper talk - here's why the Fed might be "winging it."
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FOMC Meeting: Look to Statement for QE Clues

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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.

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Bill Gross: Why QE Will End Before the Fed Wants It To

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Legendary bond guru Bill Gross doesn't think too highly of the Federal Reserve and Ben Bernanke's monetary policies.

"There comes a point when no matter how much blood is being pumped through the system as it is now, with zero-based policy rates and global quantitative easing programs, that the blood itself may become anemic, oxygen-starved, or even leukemic, with white blood cells destroying more productive red cell counterparts," Gross writes in his June investment outlook titled Wounded Heart.

Gross believes that QE, which he describes akin to a bad dose of chemotherapy, will end later this year but not because of a suddenly strengthening economy.

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Do We Really Need the Federal Reserve System?

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Abolishing the Federal Reserve System might seem like a drastic idea, but not when you get the full story...

You see, Congress created the U.S. Federal Reserve System to restore public confidence, provide the banking system a source of liquidity that would prevent its collapse and protect the public against inflation.

A century later, the banking system is so big its risks dwarf the Fed's liquidity capacity, and what cost a buck back then now will set you back $21.

That's why we asked Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald to explain how the Federal Reserve System actually helps a country's economy.

Most importantly, we wanted to know if the United States - or any country - even needs the Fed anymore.

Just listen to Fitz-Gerald's answer in the following interview.

Why Ben Bernanke's Market Manipulation is So Brilliant

Nothing lasts forever. On Wednesday, Ben Bernanke threatened to take away the punch bowl. Shah Gilani explains the real story behind the move. Read more...

7 Reasons Not to Trust the Bernanke Testimony to Congress

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As usual, the markets were hanging on every word of the Bernanke testimony to Congress today (Wednesday).

By now, everyone should know better.

In the years that U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been a member of the Fed - both as a member of the Board of Governors from 2002 to 2005, and in his two terms as chairman beginning in 2006 - he has been stupendously wrong time and time again.

Bernanke gave the markets what they wanted by hinting that his monetary easing policies won't change any time soon, pushing both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index up more than 0.5% in midday trading.

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What You Absolutely Need to Know About Money (Part 8)

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Shah Gilani explains how the "extend and pretend" game became an institutionalized national treasure... Read more...

What You Absolutely Need to Know About Money (Part 7)

By the start of the 1960s, banking in America was in a state of flux. And as Shah Gilani explains it got ugly fast. Read more...

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