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Investors' Guide to Fed Interest Rates and the Upcoming Hike


Fed interest rates are about to increase for the first time in nine years. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen had hinted for months that the central bank finally was ready to raise interest rates above zero for the first time since late 2008.

Markets will react as new rates are decided, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani explained on Aug. 7. "Investors could panic. Because we're so close to all-time highs, any dip could turn into a sell-off as investors rush to book their paper profits."

Watch the following video for Gilani's prediction on the timing of a rate hike, plus get his profit-taking strategy than any investor can use to cash in when Fed interest rates climb...

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How Do Rising Interest Rates Affect the Stock Market?

how do rising interest rates affect the stock market

The U.S. Federal Reserve is set to hold a policy meeting this week to decide whether or not to raise interest rates.

All of the buzz has investors wondering: How do rising interest rates affect the stock market?

Here's how the four most popular types of assets perform when interest rates rise...

Will an Interest Rate Increase Happen at This Week's FOMC Meeting?


An interest rate increase is the biggest topic for Fed officials during this week's two-day FOMC meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.

While many economists believe the Federal Reserve should hold off on raising interest rates this month, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald says investors shouldn't assume the Fed will make the smartest decision.

He made his regular appearance on FOX Business this morning and explained the one reason why the Fed may still raise rates...

FOMC Meeting This Week: What to Watch For

The Fed

The September FOMC meeting takes place this week when U.S. Federal Reserve officials gather for a two-day assembly on Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 16-17).

This is the Federal Reserve’s sixth scheduled meeting of 2015, with meetings in October and December to follow. A press conference by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen will follow the FOMC meeting.

Here's what investors are watching for during this week's FOMC meeting...

Global Markets in Self-Perpetuating Denial

Stock Market Crash

The central bank circus was on full display this week as the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee held a two-day meeting only to emerge with another mind-numbing series of excuses for keeping interest rates at zero when the economy is not in crisis. 

One such claim was that inflation (as measured by economists) is insufficiently high, despite the fact that the price of real-world goods and services (including gasoline again) are steadily rising. The Fed stated that it's afraid raising interest rates - for the first time in nine years by all of 25 basis points - could send the economy into a tailspin. That isn't only bad policy, it is pathetic.

Perhaps it is time we learned this one vital lesson...

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...

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

Federal Reserve

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...

U.S. Stock Futures Will Be Eyeing FOMC Minutes Release Today

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This morning, U.S. stock futures are falling.

This is the day after the failed Senate vote on the Keystone Pipeline project, but ahead of the Fed's release of the Fed Open Market Committee Meeting minutes.

The release of which always has a potential to move markets.

Here are other big stories brewing in the financial markets today...

Turn the FOMC Meeting Today into Gains

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The FOMC meeting today will mean one thing: accommodative monetary policy is ending.

This may spook some investors who have rode this Fed-driven bull market to big gains.

Here's how you can keep scoring gains even with less easy money flooding the markets.

The Fed Balance Sheet Explained

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The Fed balance sheet has been expanding at an alarming rate since the financial collapse in 2007.

And there's no surprise the markets have gone along for the ride.

But this week's FOMC meeting will mark an end to that, and no longer will markets be able to fall back on easy money policy.

Here's where the Fed is now, how it got here, and how you can invest around it.

Yesterday's Fed News Will Trigger Great Stock Buys,… Just Not How It Intended


I have long said that the Fed has never met a printing press it didn't like nor a dove that it didn't want to set free in the name of higher stock prices. And, yesterday, yet again, Yellen proved it.

Within minutes of releasing its latest set of notes hinting that the Fed will keep rates near zero, the S&P 500 took off on a 34-point gain that is the biggest so far this year. Moving first 45 points from its low of 1,925 to its peak of 1,970 in less than five hours (it later settled slightly lower), the index shrugged off the prior day's losses amidst global growth concerns and weaker European economic data.

This is manipulation of the highest order. It's also proof positive we NEED a correction. Now, more than ever.

A lot of investors will take issue with me on this and I don't blame them one bit - corrections are scary. But, they are also essential when it comes to big returns.

Why the Dow Jones Had Its Biggest Gain of 2014 Today


The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 274 points Wednesday following the Federal Open Market Committee's release of its September meeting minutes. The release marked the last of the Quantitative Easing 3 era.

According to the minutes, many Fed officials are seeking a new way to convince others that they are not prepared to raise interest rates according to the previous timeline.

Here are the top stories from today’s trading…

FOMC Meeting Minutes Signal a Change in Fedspeak Is on Horizon


The Federal Open Market Committee Meeting (FOMC) meeting minutes were expected to mirror the same sentiments and monetary policy guidelines the U.S. Federal Reserve has been touting for months.

And on that front, this minutes release did not disappoint.

But that doesn’t mean these minutes were not important. Here’s what to look for moving forward…

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