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What Today's Federal Reserve Meeting Means for Investors Now

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

The U.S. Federal Reserve meeting concluded today with a statement release at 2 p.m.

In its first monetary policy decision of 2016, the U.S. central bank left interest unchanged at 0.25% to 0.50%. That decision was widely expected from analysts and investors.

Here's what you need to do now to protect your investments....

When Will the Next Fed Interest Rate Hike Happen?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve kicked off its two-day policy meeting Tuesday, and investors are looking for any sign of the next Fed interest rate hike.

The overwhelming consensus now is that we won't see a Fed interest rate hike at the conclusion of the U.S. central bank's meeting on Wednesday.

But that doesn't mean we won't see another Fed rate hike sometime in 2016...

The Interest Rates That Really Count Already Moved – and It's a Disaster

When the Fed hiked interest rates this week, the media missed out on the interest rates that really matter. Those have been moving up for a while now, and it's a disaster...

Wall Street and the media breathlessly waited for Yellen & Co. to hike the fed funds target from 0% to 0.25% up to 0.25% to 0.50% - a move that's been telegraphed for months and largely already priced in to the ZIRP-addled markets.

The drama around this move was manufactured. You can't call those rates anything but accommodative.

But with so much focus on the fed funds rate, it's really not surprising that the media missed the fact that the really important rates have been on the move since July.

Meanwhile, "overnight money," money that the central bank loans overnight to banks (and which the Fed influences through open market operations), has barely budged.

We're looking at a liquidity crunch like nothing we've ever seen before. Here's how it happened and how bad it's likely to get...

Who’s Ready for the Fed to Chicken Out This Week?

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This week, the U.S. Federal Reserve is the most powerful market-moving group on the planet. Pretty scary.

For months everyone's been certain the Fed would raise rates in December. But frankly, it doesn't matter one whit whether it does so or not.

And after the market action Friday, all bets are off. Here's why...

The Next Financial Crisis Is Unfolding Now

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Money Morning Members should know two things. First: the 2008 financial crisis was caused by a housing bubble, centered in the U.S., that radiated out through the rest of the world and almost destroyed the global financial system.

Second: The next financial crisis - which is starting to unfold as we speak - was caused by a commodities bubble centered in China that radiated out through the rest of the world and will cause enormous financial damage, threatening the global financial system.

Both crises were aided and abetted by central banks printing massive amounts of debt that can never be repaid. That leaves the world with three choices for how to deal with that debt - currency depreciation (which is why you should buy gold), inflation, and default.

The Hidden Impact of the Impending Fed Rate Hike and How to Profit

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Everyone is talking about the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates for the first time since 2006 - and what's going to happen afterwards.

Today, I'm going to tell you exactly what's going to happen with the Fed rate hike and what it's going to do to stocks, bonds, and commodities.

But there's a hidden impact to the Fed's impending interest rate hike that people aren't talking about. I'll tell you about that, too.

And, of course, I'll show you what you can do to protect yourself - and make money from what everyone else is so afraid of.

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...

Puppeteer Goldman Sachs Will Make the Fed Dance – Again

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Four of the Fed's 12 regional branches will be run by former Goldman Sachs executives in 2016.

Considering the banking and investment firm's contribution to (and benefit from) the 2007 financial crisis, is that such a good idea?

We don't think so. Especially after looking at the evidence of such blatant collusion...

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...

Is a December Rate Hike Coming After Today's Fed Minutes Release?

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The U.S. Federal Reserve released minutes from its October meeting today at 2 p.m., and markets scoured the report for any clues about a December rate hike.

After today's Fed minutes release, a December rate hike is clearly on the table.

Former Reagan Advisor Warns of Fed-Created Stock Market Crash

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A stock market crash is inevitable, says former Reagan advisor David Stockman. He believes that the Fed's excessive monetary policies will soon culminate to rock the U.S. economy.

According to Stockman, the central bank has absolutely no clue what it's doing right now.

Here's his explanation for why a thundering financial collapse is just over the horizon...

The Fed Just Handed Us This Easy Chance for a Quick Double

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The chances of an actual interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve just got real - and asset prices are on the move...

Team Yellen got a big reason to raise rates with Friday's release of the October U.S. employment numbers. The report surpassed most estimates by adding 271,000 jobs; the consensus was for about 100,000 fewer than that.

This puts the unemployment rate at 5% - its lowest level since 2008. Markets immediately reacted with lower bond prices, lower commodity prices, and in many cases, lower stock prices. 

The Fed could announce a rate hike at the end of its next policy meeting on Dec. 16. That would be especially good news for a certain U.S. industry I'll talk about today. 

One particular stock in this sector climbed 65% in a little over two years after rates rose. But now you have the chance to make more - and in less time. The easy options play I outline here could double your money in just weeks...