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What Today's Federal Reserve Meeting Means for Investors

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At the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting today (Wednesday), Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said she expects the pace of rate hikes in 2016 to be "gradual," although that could change with economic conditions.

Many economists predict at least two more 0.25% interest rate hikes this year. That would bring the Fed's target interest rate up from 0.50% to 1%. As of Wednesday's meeting, the Fed left interest rates unchanged at 0.50%.

But by June, the CME Group expects there's a 51% chance of a rate hike...

What the FOMC Meeting Today Means for Investors in 2016

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The March FOMC meeting concludes today when the U.S. Federal Reserve releases its policy decision.

Now the focus shifts to what the decisions from the FOMC meeting today mean for investors and their money.

Before we get to that, here;s what investors are looking for from today's meeting...

How a Federal Reserve Interest Rate Hike Hands Over Billions to Big Banks

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Big banks around the world are secretly rooting for another U.S. Federal Reserve interest rate hike this week.

That's because every Federal Reserve interest rate hike causes an immediate spike in their income. Last year the U.S. Federal Reserve paid out $6.9 billion to the Big Banks, including more than $100 million to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) and more than $900 million to JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM).

Here's how this insanity started - and why it's bound to get worse...

What Today's Federal Reserve Meeting Means for Investors Now

An interest rate hike could happen as early as next week. Here are five of the clearest justifications for a December rate hike...

The U.S. Federal Reserve meeting concluded today with a statement release at 2 p.m.

In its first monetary policy decision of 2016, the U.S. central bank left interest unchanged at 0.25% to 0.50%. That decision was widely expected from analysts and investors.

Here's what you need to do now to protect your investments....

How to Stay in This Market When Everyone Else Is Running Away

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This stock market in 2016 is sending investors running away, and the FOMC meeting today will address that.

I know the markets are tough right now. There are millions of investors who are rightfully concerned about their portfolios, their investments, and frankly, their financial future.

Here's what you need to keep in mind...

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...

Is Another Fed Interest Rate Hike Coming in 2016?

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The Fed interest rate hike in December was the first rate increase for the U.S. Federal Reserve in nearly a decade. But now the focus has shifted to whether another Fed interest rate hike is coming in 2016.

Projections from policymakers show they will continue to raise their target range by a full percentage point during 2016. That would leave rates at a range of 1.25% to 1.5%.

But not everyone predicts such a smooth series of rate hikes from the Fed...

Will the Stock Market Crash Today?

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Will the stock market crash today following a December rate hike announcement from the U.S. Federal Reserve?

The Fed is expected to raise interest rates today (Wednesday) for the first time since June 2006.

Here's what a December rate hike would mean for stocks...

FOMC Meeting Today: What Investors Need to Know Now

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Today (Wednesday) marks the final day of a two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Investors are speculating that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its second FOMC meeting on Wednesday - the first rate hike since June 2006.

So far, the Fed's go-to indicators suggest a green light for a rate hike. Here's how it will affect the markets...

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?

The Fed

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...