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How the Federal Reserve's "Nuclear Option" Is Threatening Our Economic Freedom

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The soldiers of fortune at the U.S. Federal Reserve have devised an insidious plan to solidify their control over free markets and America.

This prescription envisions banks lending cheaply and consumers spending robustly, spurring economic growth and propping up beleaguered markets.

But the reality is quite different. Here's what's really going to happen, and how, if the Fed wins the battle it's about to wage, Americans will lose their war for economic freedom.

Crippled European Banks Threaten a New Crisis

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Only a short-covering rally on Friday saved stocks from a truly horrendous performance last week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 231 points or 1.4% to close at 15973.84 on the week while the S&P 500 dropped 15 points of 0.8% to end the week at 1864.78. The Nasdaq Composite Index fell 0.6% on the week to finish at 4337.51.

All three indexes are solidly in the red for the year with the Dow down -8.33%, the S&P 500 down -8.77% and the de-FANGed Nasdaq down -13.38%.

Federal Reserve's Plan "Won't End Well" for the Markets

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At a meeting with Congress on Wednesday, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen reiterated the Fed's plan to raise interest rates in the months ahead.

But her words also showed a hint of doubt.

Yellen discussed several concerns about the economy that could make the Federal Reserve hesitate on the timing of rate hikes. She also reemphasized the Fed's willingness to experiment with controversial monetary policy tools, including negative interest rates.

Our Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald made his usual appearance on CNBC to talk about why the Fed's experiments "won't end well" for the markets...

How to Profit from the Fed's Worst Mistake Ever

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All of the bad debt that helped trigger the financial crisis was never written off, and there are now convincing signs that deflation, and not the Fed’s sought-after inflation – could break out soon.

The consequences of that could be disastrous, but there’s a “classic” inflation hedge that can work even better during deflation. Here’s how to profit from the Fed’s biggest mistake ever…

When Will the Next Fed Interest Rate Hike Happen?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting Tuesday, and investors are looking for any sign of the next Fed interest rate hike.

The overwhelming consensus now is that we won't see a Fed interest rate hike at the conclusion of the U.S. central bank's meeting on Wednesday.

But that doesn't mean we won't see another Fed rate hike sometime in 2016...

Dovish vs. Hawkish: Which Way Will the Fed Lean This Week?

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Over the last couple months, news outlets have brought the dovish vs. hawkish Federal Reserve argument back on the table.

But many investors don't know what the two mean and how they affect their portfolios.

Here's a breakdown of the two...

Who’s Ready for the Fed to Chicken Out This Week?

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This week, the U.S. Federal Reserve is the most powerful market-moving group on the planet. Pretty scary.

For months everyone's been certain the Fed would raise rates in December. But frankly, it doesn't matter one whit whether it does so or not.

And after the market action Friday, all bets are off. Here's why...

The Hidden Impact of the Impending Fed Rate Hike and How to Profit

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Everyone is talking about the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates for the first time since 2006 - and what's going to happen afterwards.

Today, I'm going to tell you exactly what's going to happen with the Fed rate hike and what it's going to do to stocks, bonds, and commodities.

But there's a hidden impact to the Fed's impending interest rate hike that people aren't talking about. I'll tell you about that, too.

And, of course, I'll show you what you can do to protect yourself - and make money from what everyone else is so afraid of.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Down Today as Oil Prices Tank

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is moving today ahead of speeches from the Federal Reserve. Here's what else investors need to know this morning.

Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015) showed a decline of 158 points as concerns about falling energy prices rattled investors in both Asia and Europe.

On Monday, the Dow Jones fell 117 points after oil prices fell to six-year lows as concerns about oversupply rattled trader sentiment. Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) and Chevron Corp.(NYSE: CVX) were both off roughly 2.6% and were the biggest drags on the Dow Jones.

Here's everything else investors need to know today...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Moving Today Ahead of Federal Reserve Speech

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Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average today (Monday, Dec. 7, 2015) were down nine points ahead of a busy week of economic data that includes an update on inflation, November retail sales, and consumer sentiment. These major economic data points will continue to provide insight into the FOMC meeting on Dec. 15 and 16.

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

The Eerie Link Between the Federal Reserve and the Sinking of the Titanic

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Is there a link between the U.S. Federal Reserve's origin and the Titanic's demise? The evidence that links the events is intriguing, to say the least.

Here's a conspiracy theory about the luxury liner's untimely fate involving evil plutocrat financiers and a deviant sect of Catholics...

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

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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...