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How many times have you been reading about a long-ago historical event – or been watching a documentary about it on the History Channel – and thought to yourself: “Wow, it would’ve been really cool to have actually been there to see this happen.”

I couldn’t agree more: As a big history buff myself, I find myself making that statement on a regular basis.

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    Fed Preview: Today's FOMC Meeting Will Prove That Team Bernanke is Out of Ideas

    If you're handicapping the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that concludes today (Wednesday), you can make the following two predictions - and you'll almost certainly be right:

    • U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will announce some form of economic stimulus.
    • But the short-term benefits will be small, and any long-term benefits won't be enough to help out-of-work Americans or jump-start the wheezing U.S. economy.
    "I do think the Fed will intervene," Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald said in an interview. "But I don't believe for a second that the central bank's intervention will help the U.S. economy."

    Troubling Trends

    If anything, the nation's economy looks worse today than it did on Aug. 9, which is when central-bank policymakers last met. The "official" unemployment rate remains at an alarming 9.1% - with no jobs added in August - and true joblessness may range from 17% to 23%. Housing starts declined last month by the greatest amount since April. And the International Monetary Fund (IMF) just downgraded its U.S. growth forecast to 1.5% from 2.5% [To see related story in today's issue, please click here].

    The spreading European sovereign debt crisis continues to whipsaw stocks, oil prices and gold. And several dramatic single-day plunges - in stocks and in gold - spooked investors for days after the event.

    Bernanke feels pressure to act, but the odds that Federal Reserve policy can make a meaningful splash are low indeed, Money Morning's Fitz-Gerald says.

    What to Expect From Today's FOMC Meeting

    Since the Fed's actions have so far done little to ignite economic growth, investor expectations were muted ahead of today's FOMC meeting conclusion.

    "It looks like the market is baking in an announcement of some kind of quantitative-easing strategy," Deirdre Dennehy, portfolio manager at Rockland Trust, said in an interview. "[But] for them to announce a QE3, I'm not sure how impactful that's going to be. The more times they do that, the less the effect in the market."

    Analysts expect the Fed will attack longer-term rates by adjusting its $1.7 trillion portfolio of U.S. Treasury securities.

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  • What to Expect from this Week's FOMC Meeting The next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting starts tomorrow (Tuesday), and investors expect Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to announce some form of stimulus measures for the U.S. economy.

    Investors anticipate the Fed to announce at Wednesday's conclusion new efforts to reduce long-term interest rates to allow for cheaper borrowing as well as to increase business and household spending.

    "I think the Fed has no choice but to act," Krishna Memani, director of fixed income at Oppenheimer Funds, Read More...