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Deflation in 2015? These Four Charts Say Yes

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Deflation in 2015 seems to be upon us. And while falling prices might seem like a good thing, deflation can wreak havoc on the economy.

In a deflationary period, prices will drop, corporate profits will dry up, wages will shrink, and all of this will reinforce the conditions of recessions.

These four charts show that the U.S. has a real deflation problem now...

This "Financial Mass Destruction" Play Is All Upside

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While Russia fights for Eastern Ukraine, for now, it's losing the currency war.

Thanks to a perfect storm of low oil prices, economic sanctions put in place in response to the crises in Ukraine, and capital flight, Russia's been forced to capitulate by abandoning its currency peg.

It's all reminiscent of the financial attacks on Iran and its currency.

But fortune favors the bold, and blood's about to start running in the streets of Moscow, providing us an opportunity to capture our share of profits...

Profit from China's Currency Move

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China's ambitions for superpower prominence are no secret.

But that requires recognition on the world stage.

Inevitably, that also means a greater role for China's currency, the yuan, in the global finance arena.

There are clear and visible signs that China's currency is on the march to that global position, yet until now they've been underreported.

It's an unstoppable trend, and we can take advantage by taking these critical steps...

How to Profit from a Stronger U.S. Dollar

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The Fed plans to wind down its asset purchases this month, but Japan and the United Kingdom are still buying, full swing.

Meanwhile, the European Union is just looking to get started.

And, while the Fed is expected to begin raising rates next year, Europe and Japan recently pushed theirs below zero as deflation appears to be the bigger threat.

That's sent the U.S. dollar into a major run up, with the euro and yen on the losing side.

This adds up to a global currency conflict that's giving us a very rare, very lucrative opportunity right now...

The Rising U.S. Dollar Index Will Nail Multinationals – So Do This Now

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Multinational stocks have started to feel some negative ripple effects of the rising U.S. dollar index.

While a rising U.S. dollar index can have benefits, companies with a lot of global business face reduced sales and profits as their goods grow more expensive. For U.S. companies with substantial overseas sales, this means an extended period of pain.

Here are the companies investors need to watch, and the best strategy for dealing with this situation…

Will a Rising U.S. Dollar Keep Climbing?

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The rising U.S. dollar has climbed to a four-year high - but will it continue?

Appearing on the CNBC program "Street Signs" this morning (Wednesday), Fitz-Gerald explained that wobbly economies in places like Japan and Europe will force central banks elsewhere to further weaken their currencies with U.S. Federal Reserve-style easing programs

In this video, Fitz-Gerald takes a detailed look at the rising U.S. dollar and what it means...

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Hot Money Will Keep Coming to the U.S.

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Hot money is flowing into the U.S., sending the dollar on a tear.

Our expert appeared on FOX Business on Tuesday to explain why investors can expect more of the same in coming weeks...

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The Best Investments for a Rising U.S. Dollar

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The British pound is getting slammed as we near Scotland's vote for independence, so the U.S. dollar is rising compared to this move.

While this U.S. dollar rise is short term, it's creating a major investment opportunity today...

Here are the best investments for a rising U.S. dollar.

Why the U.S. Dollar Is Rising, and Why It's Going to Fall

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Make no mistake about the U.S. dollar's recent strength; the long-term health of the world's reserve currency is still as precarious as it ever was despite the recent pick-me-ups it's received in foreign exchange markets.

Here’s why the U.S. dollar is rising now – but won’t be forever…

Stay Ahead of This (Massive) Currency Shift

China's political and economic presence surges daily. Lockstep with that surge is the growing significance of its currency.

Along with China's emergence as the world's second-largest economy, its yuan recently displaced the euro and became the second-most used currency for international trade.

Chinese leaders are intent on internationalizing their currency by growing its acceptance, perhaps even challenging the U.S. dollar as the new reserve currency, a trend I've highlighted here before.

To reach that goal, new yuan trading centers are being established.

But the location of the next major trading hub is almost certainly not where you'd expect.

And the implications will redefine the power centers of global commerce... Full Story

Don't Fear China and Japan Owning More U.S. Debt

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The U.S. Treasury Department said today (Thursday) that total foreign holdings of U.S. debt rose 1.1% in November to $5.72 trillion, putting foreign holdings 0.1% below the all-time high of $5.76 trillion it reached in March 2013.

In particular, China's holdings reached record levels, increasing 0.9% to $1.32 billion, and so did Japan, which boosted its holdings by 1% to $1.19 trillion. The two countries are the largest and second-largest foreign buyers of Treasury debt, respectively.

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Currency Trading Today: Follow the FOMC to Profits

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Another FOMC meeting is in the books, and to no one's surprise they decided to stay the course. That will weaken the U.S. dollar, which definitely has its risks, but can deliver profits for currency traders who know how to play it.

This window of opportunity won't stay open for long, however...

Why the Falling U.S. Dollar Is Just a Hint of What's to Come

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The dollar's recent hiccup against other major world currencies is just a taste of what lies ahead for the fatally wounded greenback. Soon, we will all pay the price for decades of short-sighted government policies. But before that happens, there are several things you need to do...

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A History of the Gold Standard

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If you want to know why more people are calling for a return to the gold standard, this “history of the gold standard” will explain it all… Read more...

Why the U.S. Dollar is Rising – And Why It's Still Doomed

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Many have wondered - and rightly so - why the U.S. dollar is rising even though the U.S. Federal Reserve has done just about everything possible to debase the currency over the past five years.

Over the past two years, the U.S. Dollar index, which measures the dollar against a basket of major world currencies, is up by more than 12.6%.

Part of the answer is that most of the world's other central banks have pursued easy money policies similar to the Fed's. In the so-called "currency wars," the U.S. dollar has one major built-in advantage.

"The U.S. has never defaulted," explained Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald. "The world may hate our guts, but when all hell breaks loose, they all love our dollar."

Also helping to explain why the U.S. dollar is rising is that it remains the world's reserve currency - the money a majority of nations use to buy commodities such as oil -- and that the U.S. economy, for all its warts, is in better shape than most of the other developed economies in the world.

"The dollar the best-looking horse in the glue factory," Fitz-Gerald said.

So it wasn't too surprising that when the Fed recently hinted that it might start "tapering" its quantitative easing (bond-buying) policies later this year, the U.S. Dollar index spiked 3.1%.

But Fitz-Gerald said that investors still need to be wary of the stronger U.S. dollar going forward.

This Sept. 2 Event Could Send the U.S. Dollar Crashing

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