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Emerging Markets Weathering Economic Storm

From MoneyWeek Magazine Reduced inflation, lower interest rates and lighter government debt burdens have strengthened developing nations’ infrastructure and allowed them to weather the current subprime-induced global jitters. The MSCI Emerging Market Index has bounced back from August’s slide and it up 2% since the beginning of July. The S&P 500 was down 1.75% during […]

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How to Play Today's FOMC Meeting

By Martin Hutchinson Director of Global Investing Research Wall Street has firmly got it into its tiny overpaid noggin that the Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and the central bank's Federal Open Market Committee will slash interest rates today. I'm not so sure. Whatever Bernanke & Co. does will indicate the medium-term future of Federal […]

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What To Do if The 'Do Nothing Fed' Doesn't Do Anything

By Keith Fitz-Gerald Contributing Editor In a column just a few weeks ago, I wrote to you and explained that I thought the odds were high that Fed policymakers would do nothing at their next meeting – which is now only a day away. When we last addressed this issue, the dollar was getting crushed. […]

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China Raises Interest Rate for the Fifth Time This Year

By Jason Simpkins Staff Writer Hoping to tighten the belt on its rapidly bloating economy, the People's Bank of China on Friday raised interest rates for the fifth time this year. The interest rate on the one-year loan was raised 0.27% to 7.29%, effective Saturday. Rates paid on bank deposits were raised by a similar […]

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U.S. Exports Grow at Fastest Pace in Three Years

Staff Reports July was a good month for U.S. exports. According to Tuesday’s report from the Commerce Department, the exportation of U.S. good and services increased 2.7% – the fastest seasonally adjusted growth in more than three years. And enough to put a small dent in the U.S. trade deficit, shrinking it by three-tenths of […]

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"Shocker" Jobs Report Brings Rate Cut Closer

In several of my economic-analysis reports leading up to – and immediately following – the address that U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke made at the Kansas City Fed's annual economic symposium a little over a week ago, I said that an interest rate cut that Wall Street had been clamoring for was far […]

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Fed Chief Keeps His Options Open

During a widely anticipated speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last Friday, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke acknowledged the ongoing problems in both the housing and asset-backed-commercial-paper (ABCP) markets – as well as quickly spreading global credit crunch. But Bernanke didn’t rush to signal there would be a cut in the benchmark Fed Funds […]

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Message to Bernanke: Don't Give in to Speculative Clamor

When Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke addresses the Kansas City Fed's annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, today (Friday), he’ll have to acknowledge that the risks to U.S. economic growth have increased – especially with the disruption to the credit markets and the tightening of credit in many areas. But Bernanke will also likely […]

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Fed Cuts Discount Rate; Stocks Rebound

By Jason Simpkins The U.S. Federal Reserve cut the discount rate to 5.75% Friday, and in a statement indicated that it is "prepared to act as needed to mitigate the adverse effects on the economy arising from the disruptions in financial markets." The Fed kept the benchmark Federal Funds rate at 5.25%.  Discount window borrowing, […]

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Will $275 Billion Central Bank Injection Be Enough?

By Keith Fitz-GeraldContributing Editor “Will it be enough?” That’s not a question. That’s the question. And it was being asked all around the world, in emergency sessions that started late last week and stretched into the weekend. It was being asked by central bankers in government offices, and by securities traders, hedge-fund managers and corporate […]

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