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Here's Your Federal Reserve Cheat Sheet – and What's Coming Next

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With the markets hanging on to every word coming out of the Federal Reserve, it's important for investors to pay close attention, too.

So here's a breakdown of everything the Fed's currently saying - and a roadmap for how to play the markets when it all comes to fruition...

End the Fed… and Move the Country Forward

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The name "Federal Reserve System" is supposed to conjure up nice, comforting images of a safety net, of a system to safeguard the economy of the United States. In fact, its creators were adamant about not calling it a bank... because banks and bankers were feared and loathed then - as they mostly are now.

But the truth is, the Federal Reserve System (remember, it's not a bank, it's a "system") is killing this country.

And the damage control we heard from Janet Yellen yesterday just proves how screwed over everyone who lives, works, pays taxes, has a bank account, or invests in this country really is, all thanks to the Fed.

They're false prophets with a god complex - the most dangerous kind...

The Odds of a Fed Rate Hike in June Are Rising Today

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Odds of a Fed rate hike in June just rose after the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston president said the U.S. is near meeting most of the economic conditions policymakers set in order to increase rates.

While a rate hike next month is on the table, odds of a move in June remain slight.

Here's what investors need to know...

How to Add 326% to Your Portfolio Ahead of the Fed's Next Press Conference

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After yet more lackluster economic data and the dovish tone from the Fed's April meeting, many investors are anxious about where markets are going next.

But with this strategy, you can invest with peace of mind - and beat the markets by 326%. Here's how...

One Investment to Own Before the Fed Gets (a Lot) More Inflation Than It Bargained For

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The Fed hasn't been able to get the modest 2% inflation it wants, so it's about to kick its efforts into overdrive.

We'll likely get a lot more inflation than the Fed bargained for, so here's a great commodities play to preserve your purchasing power.

The Truth (About the Stock Market) Is Out There

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Investors want to believe the Fed can support the stock market, and pundits are working hard to convince everyone that the bear market is over.

Don't fall it. This rally is unsustainable, and the Fed's forging monetary policy with flawed data that's doomed to fail.

Here's what's really going on in the markets right now - and what you should do about it...

Here's Why the Bear Market Rally Could End Soon

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One current and three former members of the American branch of The Committee to Destroy the World - otherwise known as the Federal Reserve - met last week in a public forum to discuss their work.

Read more...

What This Week's Federal Reserve Interest Rate News Means for Markets in 2016

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After another dovish Federal Reserve interest rate statement from Chair Janet Yellen yesterday, global stocks and commodities are rallying.

Investors can now expect lower interest rates to last deeper into 2016.

Here's what that means for your money now....

Here's the Size of the Scam the Fed and U.S. Companies Are Pulling on Us

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...

Stocks have been on a tear. After looking weak in February, they've soared close to 13% in a matter of weeks.

So why does it all feel like a magic trick? Why isn't the market rally giving investors any solid feelings? Why is everyone so nervous?

I'll tell you what's going on, who's responsible, and what you need to do now. Let's get started...

New Research Shows the Fed Accounts for 93% of Market Moves Since 2008

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I wasn't the least bit surprised by the Fed's move Wednesday to stand pat on interest rates.

As I noted on CNBC's "Closing Bell," talking is just about the only policy tool still available to Fed Chair Janet Yellen.

That's because the world's other central banks are doing her dirty work for her.

This isn't a popular concept amongst those who like to believe the Fed is in control, but it's all too real. The People's Bank of China unpegged the yuan last August. Then the Bank of Japan introduced negative interest rates in January. And, last week the European Central Bank unleashed Super Mario Draghi's monetary bazooka - all of which make it impossible for Yellen to raise rates at the moment.

Speaking of which, traders breathed a sigh of relief based on the fact that Yellen may be taking rate hikes off the table for now, lending credence to the thought this morning that the Fed may finally be stepping out of the way.

Don't bet on it.

What happened Wednesday is another very deliberate move in a long string of moves that's designed with one intention and one intention only - to manipulate markets.

Not that that's new news - but here's what is.

In the Money Map Report, we've talked many times about how and why there are singular inputs that move markets during specific points in our economic history. I raised a lot of eyebrows when I said that the Fed accounted for 85% of all market action since 2008, but it turns out I may have been too conservative!

The real figure may be at least 93%.

And that means you've got to change your stock selection methods if you want to make sure you profitably capture what's next...

N.Y. Fed Hacked for $81 Million in Modern Day "Wild West" Bank Heist

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The N.Y. Fed - hacked by cyber-criminals on Feb. 5 - had $101 million in Bangladesh Bank funds stolen from it by alleged Chinese hackers.

And the finger-wagging has already begun.

Here's a look at who made the biggest mistake in one of the largest Internet heists in recent history...

What the FOMC Meeting Today Means for Investors in 2016

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The March FOMC meeting concludes today when the U.S. Federal Reserve releases its policy decision.

Now the focus shifts to what the decisions from the FOMC meeting today mean for investors and their money.

Before we get to that, here;s what investors are looking for from today's meeting...

If You Want an Accurate Financial Forecast, Ask a Waiter

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Many investors really start to study the markets this time of year in an effort to divine what's next for global markets and, by implication, their portfolios.

But for an accurate financial forecast, I turn to the world's top steak houses, which are known haunts for global traders anxious to blow off some steam and have a fabulous meal.

Today I'm going to talk about what's not"on the menu" - pardon the pun - and why. Then, I'll highlight an investment poised for profits as a result.

Here's what waiters can tell you that economics can't.

The Stronger U.S. Dollar Is Actually Destroying the Markets

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The U.S. dollar remains the most important financial instrument in the world. The dollar rally has been the single most decisive factor in determining economic growth (or weakness) and market direction since early 2014.

Right now, that’s not a good thing. A stronger dollar has a far-reaching, negative domino effect that pressures global markets in all directions.

And that pressure is nearing the breaking point…

What To Expect From This Bear Market Rally

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Stocks rallied for the third straight week in what appears to be a classic bear market rally. Investors should count their good luck and use higher prices as an opportunity to reduce equity exposure or hedge stocks they don't want to sell. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped by 367 points or 2.2% to 17,006.77 while the S&P 500 rose by 52 points or 2.7% to 1999.99. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 2.8% to 4717.02. The major averages have gained about 10% since their February lows, giving investors hope that the worst is over.

I do not believe it is. Despite some moderately positive economic news last week, the global economy remains depressed and the prospects for significantly higher stock prices are low. Let me explain...