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U.S. Inflation Rates Remain Major Sticking Point for Federal Reserve

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One of the biggest topics from this week's FOMC meeting was U.S. inflation rates, which remain well below the 2% mark the Federal Reserve has been targeting.

Yesterday (Thursday), U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen announced the central bank will not be raising interest rates, in part because inflation rates remain too low.

Here's why inflation rates played such a large role in the Fed's decision...

The Fed Just Brought a "Super Crash" Closer

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On Thursday the Fed blamed China for its policy paralysis.

This effectively expanded the Fed's dual mandate from trying to achieve full employment and price stability to trying to maintain global financial stability, but only succeeded in introducing more uncertainty to the situation.

And it gets worse. I want to show you why... and what I expect to happen now.

Will the Next Federal Reserve Meeting Deliver an Interest Rate Hike?

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After weeks of anticipation, Thursday's FOMC meeting ended without an interest rate increase. That left investors speculating if a hike will come at the next Federal Reserve meeting.

It's entirely possible, as the U.S. central bank left the door open for a rate increase following its next two-day meeting on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. At yesterday's press conference, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said "October remains a possibility," in regards to a rate hike.

Here's what investors need to watch ahead of the next Federal Reserve meeting...

Stock Futures Today in the Red After Fed Chickens Out on Rate Hike

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Find out what's ahead for the stock market today.

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Today's Fed Decision Can't Stop Our Journey to Extreme Profits

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Bets are being laid down in advance of today's Fed decision.

The bet itself is a simple one: Will Fed decision makers raise rates... or won't they?

However, there's another bet to place... another trade to make. No one else sees it but me - and now you...

What the Fed Meeting Today Means for Stocks

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We're just hours away from Janet Yellen's 2:00 p.m. press conference, and investors are still in the dark on whether interest rates will rise following the Fed meeting today (Thursday).

U.S. markets were flat this morning ahead of the Fed meeting, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down six points in early trading.

Investors are waiting anxiously, because the decision will have a huge impact on stocks...

What the Fed's "Hold" Means for Crude Oil Prices

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The nine years of historically low interest rates will continue in the wake of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen's decision to not hike rates - to not yet remove the proverbial punchbowl from the easy-money party.

It was a classic "50-50" proposition; it didn't seem likely the Fed would move to roil global markets, but given the perceived strength of the labor market, a hike wasn't out of the question.

Before Yellen decides to pull the trigger, we'll see price volatility spiral across all global markets - especially when it comes to crude.

So now the oil "doom and dread" crowd and their bearish predictions are running rampant.

Here's why they're dead wrong...

CHART: U.S. Interest Rate History Since 1986

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Investors are anxiously waiting to see whether or not the U.S. Federal Reserve decides to raise interest rates this week.

But what most traders don't know is that rate hikes used to be a common practice before 2006.

This chart shows the U.S. interest rate history from 1986 to 2015...

Investors' Guide to Fed Interest Rates and the Upcoming Hike


Fed interest rates are about to increase for the first time in nine years. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen had hinted for months that the central bank finally was ready to raise interest rates above zero for the first time since late 2008.

Markets will react as new rates are decided, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani explained on Aug. 7. "Investors could panic. Because we're so close to all-time highs, any dip could turn into a sell-off as investors rush to book their paper profits."

Watch the following video for Gilani's prediction on the timing of a rate hike, plus get his profit-taking strategy than any investor can use to cash in when Fed interest rates climb...

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Will Janet Yellen Raise Interest Rates?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve began its two-day September meeting this morning (Wednesday), and investors are wondering whether Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will decide to raise interest rates now.

And even though we're just a day away from Janet Yellen's press conference - which will take place Thursday at 2:00 p.m. - we're still in the dark about whether an interest rate hike is coming.

Here's what investors need to know now...

How Do Rising Interest Rates Affect the Stock Market?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve is set to hold a policy meeting this week to decide whether or not to raise interest rates.

All of the buzz has investors wondering: How do rising interest rates affect the stock market?

Here's how the four most popular types of assets perform when interest rates rise...

Will Real Estate Investment Trusts Crash If the Fed Raises Interest Rates?

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The Federal Reserve will meet this week to consider raising short-term interest rates for the first time in 10 years.

Investors think real estate investment trusts will suffer if the Fed issues a rate hike.

Here's why that couldn't be further from the truth...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Moving Today Ahead of FOMC Meeting

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday, Sept. 15) forecasted a 2-point decline as investors look toward this week's critical FOMC meeting.

This week, the central bank will decide whether to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006.

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

Will an Interest Rate Increase Happen at This Week's FOMC Meeting?


An interest rate increase is the biggest topic for Fed officials during this week's two-day FOMC meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.

While many economists believe the Federal Reserve should hold off on raising interest rates this month, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald says investors shouldn't assume the Fed will make the smartest decision.

He made his regular appearance on FOX Business this morning and explained the one reason why the Fed may still raise rates...

Keith Fitz-Gerald: "Federal Reserve Policy Is Past Its Prime, Ignores Middle Class"


Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald talked U.S. Federal Reserve policy with "Varney & Co." host Stuart Varney on FOX Business Monday morning.

Watch the video to see what Fitz-Gerald, a 33-year global market expert, predicts will come out of the FOMC meeting on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 16-17) - and why he's so fed up with Fed policy...