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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

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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...

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

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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

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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

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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…

FOMC Meeting Minutes Release Today Will Be the Last of the QE3 Era

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Ever since former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced the tapering of the Fed's current bond-buying program in December, the release of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes have been unsurprising and awash in technical central-banker jargon.

It's followed the same pattern each time: the Fed will have its meetings, release a statement, and then three weeks later they will release the minutes of that meeting as per Fed protocol.

But, here’s why these minutes are important, if for no other reason than the timing of them…

Here's What Rising Rates Really Do to Your Shares

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There is a lot of lip service being paid to the upcoming stock market crash that we're supposed to expect once the Federal Reserve starts raising rates.

Every time we get close to a regularly scheduled Federal Reserve statement, financial pundits pontificate about the nuances of what the Fed Chair might say, not say, or imply.

It's like clockwork.

But one theme remains constant: any tightening of the Fed's easy monetary policies will spell impending doom for the easy-money-addicted stock market.

The only problem, though, is that historical facts just don't support the fear. In fact, there are opportunities for investment out there no matter what rates do... Full Story

FOMC Meeting Today Saves Big News for Next Month

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The U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today went according to plan, as the Fed will continue to taper bond purchases and is maintaining hushed tones on interest rate increases after the third round of quantitative easing (QE3) ends.

As far as monetary policy is concerned, nothing changed.

With business as usual at the Fed, here are the key takeaways from today’s Fed meeting…

The Real Reason the Federal Reserve Is Afraid to Raise Interest Rates

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When the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the U.S. Federal Reserve meets next week (Sept. 16-17) to consider when it should raise interest rates, it will have a huge disincentive to do so.

And we're not talking about what you'll hear in the mainstream media about whether the unemployment rate is finally low enough, or whether U.S. economic growth is finally strong enough to warrant tightening monetary policy.

No, what the Federal Reserve fears most is a problem of its own creation...

Fed Policy Failures Leave $10.8 Trillion Under the Mattress

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Despite billions in bond-buying "quantitative easing" and near-zero interest rates courtesy of recent Fed policy, Americans have stashed $1.8 trillion in low-yield accounts since the QE program started in 2008.

It's a failed stimulative policy that has left a shocking $10.8 trillion on the sidelines. But when it comes to investing in stocks in particular, the news gets even worse.

This trend is truly ominous…

FOMC Meeting Minutes Show the Fed Is "Making Things Up as They Go Along"

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Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald joined CNBC's"Closing Bell" program yesterday and said the newly released Fed meeting minutes show that one thing is clear: The Federal Reserve is just "making things up as they go along."

Even more unnerving - the Fed's ridiculous conclusions have triggered some concerning moves in the markets.

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