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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...

How Crude Oil Prices Will Move After the Fed Meeting

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With crude oil prices trading at their lowest level since 2008, investors are wondering if next week's Fed meeting will send them spiraling out of control.

If the Fed decides to raise interest rates, prices could crash to new lows.

Here's why an interest rate hike won't send oil to apocalyptic lows...

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...

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...

The Fed Just Handed Us This Easy Chance for a Quick Double

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The chances of an actual interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve just got real - and asset prices are on the move...

Team Yellen got a big reason to raise rates with Friday's release of the October U.S. employment numbers. The report surpassed most estimates by adding 271,000 jobs; the consensus was for about 100,000 fewer than that.

This puts the unemployment rate at 5% - its lowest level since 2008. Markets immediately reacted with lower bond prices, lower commodity prices, and in many cases, lower stock prices. 

The Fed could announce a rate hike at the end of its next policy meeting on Dec. 16. That would be especially good news for a certain U.S. industry I'll talk about today. 

One particular stock in this sector climbed 65% in a little over two years after rates rose. But now you have the chance to make more - and in less time. The easy options play I outline here could double your money in just weeks...

Odds of a Fed Interest Rate Hike in December Just Increased Dramatically

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The odds of a Fed interest rate hike in December dramatically increased over the weekend.

One of the biggest reasons why was a strong October jobs report. The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that non-farm payrolls rose 271,000 last month. The unemployment rate dipped to 5% from 5.1% and now sits at a level considered "full employment."

Here's what you need to know...

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....

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...

Dow Jones Industrial Average Up Mildly as FOMC Concludes October Meeting

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

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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...