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Is a December Rate Hike Coming After Today's Fed Minutes Release?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve released minutes from its October meeting today at 2 p.m., and markets scoured the report for any clues about a December rate hike.

After today's Fed minutes release, a December rate hike is clearly on the table.

What a Fed Rate Hike Means for Your Money

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With a Fed rate hike all but certain when the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets Dec. 15-16, Americans need to start thinking about how it will affect them.

Just about every interest rate keys off the Fed interest rate in one way or another. That includes many interest rates that have an impact on consumers.

Here's what you can expect when the Fed raises rates...

Why a Fed Interest Rate Hike Is Coming in December

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Six U.S. Federal Reserve officials, including Chairwoman Janet Yellen, will give speeches today on monetary policy.

Investors will anxiously listen for clues on whether policymakers will raise the Fed interest rate at next month's FOMC meeting.

Here are two reasons why it's inevitable...

Warning: A Fed Rate Hike Will Doom These "Zombie" Companies

Corporate Debt Bomb

When the Fed rate hike that nearly everyone expects finally happens, a lot of U.S. companies that have been surviving on cheap debt will get pushed into oblivion.

But a Fed interest rate hike will raise the cost of that borrowing putting these "zombie" companies at risk.

Here's what the first Fed rate hike since 2006 will do to these debt-dependent companies...

Peter Schiff: Americans Will Have a Horrible Christmas – and the Fed Is to Blame

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Peter Schiff - renowned economist and the contrarian investor at the helm of Euro Pacific Capital - predicts Christmas 2015 will be far from merry and bright.

And the U.S. Federal Reserve's policies are to blame.

Here's what Schiff had to say Schiff said in an appearance on CNBC's "Futures Now" on Nov. 5...

Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates in December?

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Those who have been asking "will the Fed raise interest rates in December?" received an update Wednesday from U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Speaking to the House Financial Services Committee, Yellen said the economy is "performing well," and that a December rate hike is a "live possibility."

Here's what you need to know....

These Charts Show Exactly How the Fed Killed the Housing Market

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Don't believe any headlines that claim there's a housing "recovery" in the United States. The truth is, there is no single family housing industry to speak of today.

What for generations was a main driver of U.S. economic growth has been brought down by the past seven years of the Federal Reserve's zero-interest-rate policy (ZIRP). ZIRP has been a disaster for the U.S. economy, the middle class - just about every facet of American economic life has suffered from this fiscal disaster masquerading as coherent monetary policy.

Today I'm going to show you five charts that tell the story of exactly how much damage the Fed has done to U.S. housing. Most are derived from this week's release of new home sales data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

You'll see how the rise in home sales since 2011 has really been a four-year dead cat bounce that hasn't helped most Americans, hasn't meaningfully contributed to U.S. economic recovery - and now appears to be stalling...

Will There Be a December Rate Hike?

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After the U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday, investors are asking, "Will there be a December rate hike?"

The fact that the Fed did not raise interest rates at the October meeting was not a surprise. But the Fed's shift in attitude was unexpected. The U.S. central bank struck a hawkish tone on the economy, saying it "has been expanding at a moderate pace" despite slowing monthly job gains.

Here's what that means for a December rate hike...

When Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates?

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With the FOMC meeting ending today, investors have been asking, "When will the Fed raise interest rates?"

It will be at least another two months before the central bank makes a move. U.S. central bankers have decided once again to leave interest at rock-bottom levels.

Surprising market participants was the Fed's hawkish tone suggesting a December liftoff is possible...

Why This Week's FOMC Meeting Won't Result in a Rate Hike

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Investors are awaiting this week's FOMC Meeting, yet the overwhelming consensus is that the Fed won't raise interest rates.

The U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day meeting kicks off Tuesday. The Fed meeting will conclude with a statement at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. There will not be a press conference after the meeting.

Here's why the Fed will stand pat on interest rates at the October meeting...

Has Federal Reserve Policy Helped – Or Hurt – the American People?

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U.S. Federal Reserve policy has been around since the central bank was established on Dec. 23, 1913. Its supposed purpose is to ensure the stability of the financial system...

But have Fed policies helped the U.S. economy -- or have they harmed it?

In the following video, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani breaks down the positives and negatives of modern Federal Reserve policy…

How the Fed Could Spark Even More Profits from This "Cashless Wonder"


Most media tuned out once it became clear the U.S. Federal Reserve wouldn't act to raise interest rates in September.

But in doing so, the media failed to report on some illuminating predictions from the Federal Open Market Committee's "dot plot" on where they think the Fed funds rate will be in the near, medium, and long term.

What the media didn't tell you was that an FOMC member actually predicted a negative Fed funds rate - for the first time ever in Fed history.

Have a look at these shocking "dot plot" predictions. They prove I made the right call back in May when I picked this stock. In fact, it's already up nearly 15%...

U.S. Markets Down Ahead of Janet Yellen Speech Tonight

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U.S. markets opened sharply lower Thursday as many investors await the Janet Yellen speech tonight at 5:00 p.m. ET at the University of Massachusetts.

During the Janet Yellen speech, investors will be looking for any clues that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will raise interest rates this year for the first time in nearly a decade.

Here's what investors can expect tonight...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Higher Today on Interest Rate Speculation

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Monday, September 21) rose more than 111 points this morning after St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said he would have supported an interest rate hike during last week's FOMC meeting.

He also laid out the case for tightening monetary policy in the United States.

Here's everything else you need to know about the Dow Jones Industrial Average today...

How We'll Capitalize on Fed Cowardice


Markets delivered a resounding Bronx cheer to the Federal Reserve on Friday after that confederacy of dunces failed to raise interest rates at its highly anticipated, two-day September meeting.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by 290 points (1.74%), while the S&P 500 followed by 32 points (1.62%), and the Nasdaq Composite Index dropped by 67 points (1.32%).

On the week, the Dow lost only 49 points, or 0.3%, to close at 16,384.79, while the S&P 500 shed only 3 points, or 0.2%, to end at 1,958.03. Both indices remain down on the year.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq managed to eke out a five point, or 0.1%, gain on the week to close at 4,827.23 and remain up on the year.