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    The Fed FOMC meeting minutes release today (Wednesday) was yet another in a long line of U.S. Federal Reserve communications that had financial pundits abuzz but delivered nothing new.

    The Fed minutes released today - documenting the discussions of the Fed's Federal Open Market Committee three weeks ago - indicated that the Fed has progressed little on pinning down a timeline for raising the Fed funds rate from its 0% to 0.25% target.

    But as usual, these Fed minutes skirted the real issues...

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S&P Futures See Slight Increase Ahead of FOMC Minutes

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S&P futures for Wednesday, May 20, forecasted a slight one-point gain this morning

The is ahead of ahead of today's release of Fed meeting minutes, as the market digests U.S. dollar gains and optimistic numbers in the housing sector.

Here's what else you need to know about the stock market today...

What the Fed Meeting Today Was Really Hiding from Us

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The Fed meeting today (Wednesday) delivered on another humdrum statement soaked in predictable Fed speak.

The decision? The U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee is considering rate hikes on a meeting-by-meeting basis. Something we already knew.

But it's what the Fed is NOT talking about that really frightens us...

What the Fed Meeting Today Will Ignore

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The Fed meeting today (Tuesday) will adjourn tomorrow with a predictably vague statement about how the U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee is considering rate hikes on a meeting-by-meeting basis.

But what won't be discussed at the Fed meeting today or tomorrow is that it's that very FOMC that has been setting the stage for the next global financial crisis.

All while allowing the same bad practices to continue unabated and to, ultimately, pave the way for a collapse...

FOMC Meeting Minutes Today Another Rubber Stamp on Fed's Aimless Policy

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The U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes today (Wednesday) will have one thing working in its favor.

It will be able to carry on its aimless monetary policy with impunity. The lead dissenters have all but been silenced in 2015.

And from a credibility standpoint, that's going to help the Fed. But it's only going to continue to confuse markets...

Janet Yellen Just Gave "the Finest Verbal Judo in a Long Time"

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen topped the news this week - but she didn't actually say anything...

And the markets went wild Wednesday trying to parse Yellen's remarks and the language of the latest FOMC meeting policy statement.

Yellen's word games mess with how markets are supposed to operate. It leaves investors guessing about what's ahead.

Here's some clarity...

After Fed Meeting Today, Make Money in These Three Assets

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today (Wednesday) continued to fuel discussions about when the U.S. Federal Reserve is going to finally raise interest rates.

After all, labor market conditions have cleared up - at least by the Fed's metrics. The economy added 295,000 jobs in February, and the unemployment rate sits at an impressive 5.5%. But the other side of the Fed's dual mandate paints a grimmer picture. The U.S. is in deflation.

The real question is how to invest for deflation. Here's how...

Pre-Market Movers: American Airlines (Nasdaq: AAL) to Join S&P 500

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Good morning! Stock futures for Tuesday, March 17, forecasted a 52-point decrease from yesterday's close. The DJIA Index surged 228 points Monday, a day ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee's (FOMC) second meeting of the year. Notable pre-market movers are American Airlines Group Inc. (Nasdaq: AAL), Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: KPTI), and these...

The FOMC meeting today will focus on when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.

Here's why AAL is one of today's pre-market movers, what else is happening in stock market news, and your "Money Morning Tip of the Day"...

Pre-Market Quotes Bounce After Friday's Triple Digit Plunge

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Pre-market quotes for Monday, March 16, forecasted an 80-point gain from Friday's Dow close when the DJIA Index shed 145 points on Friday because of falling crude oil prices and investor jitters about possible interest rate increases in the near future.

Today, the markets will respond to a light macro data release schedule that focuses just on February industrial production data and the Federal Reserve's report on Treasury International Capital (TIC). A light schedule is compounded by investors' anxiety over the start of this week's FOMC meeting.

Here's what else pre-market quotes tell us about the stock market today - as well as your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" to make it a profitable Monday.

Federal Open Market Committee Minutes Today Proved One Thing

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes today did little to quell confusion over when the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates.

The expectation is that the Fed will raise rates sometime in the summer. But the direction of Fed monetary policy has become more complicated than simply pegging a rate increase to what has become an arbitrary consensus estimate.

That's because there are so many potential policy directions, and Fed ambiguity makes nothing certain.

Here's how you should read today's latest round of Fed uncertainty.

FOMC Meeting Today: A Tale of Two QEs

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting today marks 2015's inaugural meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy makers.

It's only been a month since the last meeting convened. But a lot has changed. It's following big stories in the way of global central, particularly from the European Central Bank.

Here's how this QE story will play out, and why today's FOMC meeting will just be noise in a much more troubling outlook for central banking...

Stock Market Futures Up Ahead of FOMC Meeting and FB Earnings

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Stock market futures for Wednesday, Jan. 28, forecasted a 22-point gain from yesterday's close.

Today, investors are awaiting word from the Fed Open Market Committee. The markets will be paying attention to how the central bank is planning to address interest rates in the coming months.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Wednesday:

Fed Meeting Today Sends Dow Jones 288 Points Higher

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Today's Fed meeting gave the Dow Jones a boost. The blue-chip benchmark jumped 288 points on news the Federal Reserve plans to be patient with its timeline for raising interest rates.

The S&P 500 jumped 2% on the day, its largest gain for 2014. The VIX, the market's volatility gauge, plunged more than 17% on the day.

Here's a closer look at what moved the markets today...

Three Things to Remember with the FOMC Meeting Today

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today didn't give investors much more to work with.

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen is still mute on interest rates as we get closer to the inevitable rate hike.

But don't worry, you only need to know these three things in regards to the FOMC meeting today...

Proof the Federal Reserve Has No Idea What It's Doing

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The minutes from last month's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting provided zero clarity on the U.S. Federal Reserve's plans to raise interest rates in 2015. The markets need to know when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates, or at least what economic conditions it will use to make the decision.

But all we get from the Federal Reserve is waffling. And the economic targets that would trigger action get increasingly vague. Meanwhile, the Fed members make things worse by publicly voicing their uncertainty.

Just look at some of these quotes...

Don't Let FOMC Meeting Minutes Cloud Your Investment Decisions

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The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting (FOMC) meeting minutes told us much of the same.

QE3 is over, rate hikes will happen after a "considerable" time, and markets are still sensitive to humdrum Fedspeak.

Here's what you should be doing with your money on Fed days like these...

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