And just like they did for her predecessors, the markets hung on every single word.
Except in this case, nobody (and I mean nobody) expected any major fireworks. What they were looking for instead was a confirmation that it would be "business as usual."
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- Five Important Things Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Said to Congress Today When freshly installed Fed Chair Janet Yellen went before Congress yesterday, she mostly followed the script written by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke. But now that she's in charge, everything she says will carry a great deal of weight. Here are five key takeaways from Yellen's testimony...
- FOMC Meeting Today: How the Taper Is Affecting Markets The Federal Reserve went forward with its taper plans yesterday, announcing it would reduce its bond-buying by $10 billion per month. But that is no guarantee the Fed will continue to taper, especially if the economy falters. And now that the Fed has a new chief in Janet Yellen, we could be in for some surprises this year...
- What the Fed Taper Means for Oil Prices Despite the big gains on Wall Street after the Fed announced it would start to taper its stimulus programs in January, the move takes away a big prop to stock prices. Well, most stock prices. Because as the era of cheap money goes away, something very interesting is going to happen with oil... and it's going to change global markets in a fundamental way...
What the Fed Taper Means for Markets and Your Money
I didn't think it would happen, but Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke up and did "it" a few minutes ago.
He announced the "Fed taper" - the Fed will cut its bond buying by $10 billion a month (to $75 billion) beginning in January.
I think there are a few points to consider about Bernanke's move. I want talk briefly about those, and then highlight what this news of a Fed taper means for your money.To continue reading, please click here...
What the November Jobs Report Means for "Dectaper"
Good news is actually good news on Wall Street today.
Stocks rallied Friday following a robust November jobs report that showed U.S. employers continued to add jobs at a steady pace last month, which pulled the unemployment rate down to a five-year low at 7.0%.To continue reading, please click here...
Deflation Is Coming (and It's Not What You Think)
Be careful out there.
The stock market rally that started in March 2009... The one that's taken us out of the Great Recession and to new highs... The rally that's driving sentiment indicators of people who benefit from rising financial assets directly, peripherally, or because they hope all boats rise with the market...
The rally has never been loved.
The thing is, equity markets don't need love to go twice as high from here, or three times as high in the next 20 years. If they get what else they need, they'll keep going higher.
We could be on the verge of a generational bull market. That's if deficit-plagued, interconnected global sovereigns deleverage and, at the same time, re-capitalize middle and rising classes by making "recourse-sound" capital available and simultaneously reconstituting entirely the notion of taxation.
Too bad the likelihood of that happening is somewhere between slim and none.
That's one reason why I'm an increasingly reluctant bull.
But there's another reason too.
And it has to do with deflation...
The Best Investments Before the Fed QE Taper
Now that it looks like Janet Yellen will succeed Ben Bernanke as chief of the Federal Reserve, investors need to re-think how the Fed under her guidance will affect the markets.
Here's what to expect, so you can start planning ahead...
Shah Gilani: We Are Sitting On A Stock Bubble
Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani surprises Stuart Varney of FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Wednesday) when he states he believes the U.S. is sitting on a stock bubble right now.
Find out why Gilani sees the markets as "well over-cooked" - creating a stock bubble - from the Fed's strategy in the following video segment:To continue reading, please click here...
Keith Fitz-Gerald Nails It on Today's FOMC Meeting
Money Morning’s Chief Investment Strategist went on record with his prediction months ago, stating that there’s not a central banker in the world who has the guts to step away from QE. Few – if any – investors agreed. But they didn’t lock in a 100% gain, either…
Is This What Happens When the QE Taper Starts?
You know that members of the Fed have been hinting since June that the central bank wants to scale back on its $85 billion a month bond-buying program, the third round of what's known officially as quantitative easing.Read More...
QE Taper Talk and the Stock Market
It's been exactly one year since the Fed announced QE3 - also dubbed QE Infinity, with no clear idea of an end date given at the onset. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has climbed 14.9% in that time, and the S&P 500 is up 17.25%. Since the first round of this last series of quantitative easing started in December 2008, the indexes are up about 73% and 92%, respectively. The fear now is that if the Fed stops buying and rates begin to move higher in the months ahead, money will leave the market as quickly as it piled in and cause a prolonged selloff that drives down share prices.
Fed officials have been dropping broad hints that tapering is coming sooner rather than later.Read More...
Stock Market Crash 2013: Four Factors Investors Need to Watch
It's bad enough when one storm cloud appears on the horizon to threaten the stock market - much less four all at once. But forewarned is forearmed. Here's what investors need to prepare for...
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What the QE Taper Will Do To the Market
CNBC Worldhosted Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald this week to discuss the Fed's QE taper.
Printing gobs of money when the current slump is arguably caused by cash overabundance definitely doesn't seem like the rational thing to do.
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How the Fed QE Taper Will Affect Foreign Markets
Hints from the U.S. Federal Reserve this week that the quantitative easing taper is near ruffled feathers on Wall Street last week - but the idea of less Fed stimulus has caused much more turmoil in certain overseas markets. Here are the places getting hit the hardest.
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