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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...

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...

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...

Why a December Rate Hike Looks Like a Done Deal Now

After another strong jobs report, a December rate hike looks like a done deal. Here’s what investors need to know now.

American employers increased headcount by 211,000 in November.

That healthy showing all but guarantees that U.S. policymakers will raise interest rates for the first time since June 2006 when they meet Dec. 15-16.

Here's why a December rate hike looks like a done deal now...

Current Federal Reserve Interest Rates Trigger This Personal Swipe at Yellen

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Political and consumer activist Ralph Nader issued an open letter regarding interest rates to U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Oct. 30 that turned personal.

Monday, Yellen responded.

Here's how she defended current Federal Reserve interest rates.

Protect Yourself from the Fed's "Inflation Delusion" with This

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The Fed has kept interest rates stuck near zero for the last seven years, so there's little wonder investors and savers feel like "perma-zero" is the new paradigm.

Despair and ennui have settled in. According to the Fed, some 31% of non-retired Americans have no savings or pension whatsoever.

Some have been frozen out, unable to save thanks to stagnating incomes and dismal job prospects. Others who might otherwise be able to save just don't see the point when they're not making any interest to speak of.

That negative outlook is understandable, given today's economic realities. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Not when a small investment in one easy-to-buy asset can make so much difference...

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...

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...

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...

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...

U.S. Markets Down Ahead of Janet Yellen Speech Tonight

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

U.S. markets opened sharply lower Thursday as many investors await the Janet Yellen speech tonight at 5:00 p.m. ET at the University of Massachusetts.

During the Janet Yellen speech, investors will be looking for any clues that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will raise interest rates this year for the first time in nearly a decade.

Here's what investors can expect tonight...

Investors' Guide to Fed Interest Rates and the Upcoming Hike

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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?

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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?

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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...