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    Thanks to U.S. Federal Reserve policies that are holding market rates down near zero, you're barely getting one one-hundredth of a percentage point on your cash deposits.

    It's bad enough that you're getting practically no yield on your savings. But now the big banks - those greedy fellows that we taxpayers bailed out from a crisis they actually caused - are about to start charging you to deposit money with them. All thanks to policies enforced by the central bankers.

    Welcome to the brave new world of central bank tyranny...

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Why the U.S. Treasury Market Is No Longer Safe

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The U.S. Treasury market is worth more than $12 trillion. It's believed to be the safest market in the world. Whenever there's a panic and the markets freak out, investors dump stocks and buy Treasuries. That's the so-called "flight to quality."

However, back on Oct. 15, when the last flight to quality exploded, the U.S. Treasury market failed to do what it had always done.

It failed to be safe - and nobody's talking about it...

Proof the Federal Reserve Has No Idea What It's Doing

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The minutes from last month's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting provided zero clarity on the U.S. Federal Reserve's plans to raise interest rates in 2015. The markets need to know when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates, or at least what economic conditions it will use to make the decision.

But all we get from the Federal Reserve is waffling. And the economic targets that would trigger action get increasingly vague. Meanwhile, the Fed members make things worse by publicly voicing their uncertainty.

Just look at some of these quotes...

The Truth Behind the Dangerous "Helicopter Money" Delusion

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Seeking out major trends and power shifts in the global economy is a part of my work that I enjoy most.

It's a lot of work, and needless to say, it involves constant research.

That's why a piece I recently read in Foreign Affairs absolutely shocked me...

The piece is a bit revolutionary, as its authors speak to a drastically different way of stimulating an ailing economy than the path we're on today.

Full story...

The Real Reason the Federal Reserve Is Afraid to Raise Interest Rates

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When the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the U.S. Federal Reserve meets next week (Sept. 16-17) to consider when it should raise interest rates, it will have a huge disincentive to do so.

And we're not talking about what you'll hear in the mainstream media about whether the unemployment rate is finally low enough, or whether U.S. economic growth is finally strong enough to warrant tightening monetary policy.

No, what the Federal Reserve fears most is a problem of its own creation...

How the Federal Reserve Is Killing America

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It's maddening. Our economy is stagnating. The divide between haves and have-nots is widening every day. There are fewer and fewer good jobs and careers to be had. What the heck happened?

The U.S. Federal Reserve System is killing America. It has destroyed the economy. It has undermined savers and retirees. It is even responsible for the corruption in Congress.

We have to kill the Fed before it kills America for good.

GameStop, Gap, and Shake Shack Headline Today's Stock Market News

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Today's stock market news, August 22, 2014: With members of the U.S. Federal Reserve and notable economists meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., investors await new insight today (Friday) into when the central bank might raise interest rates and plans to sustain growth in the U.S. economy. For the first time, protesters have descended on the small ski town, questioning the Fed's policies and the "so-called" strength of the U.S. economic recovery. Fed Chair Janet Yellen will speak this morning.

Here's a list of today's top stock market news...

FOMC Meeting: Fed Keeps Same Narrative, Taper Proceeds – but Markets Move

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The U.S. Federal Reserve stuck to its usual script today after the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The Fed announced the expected $10 billion cut to its almost two-year-old bond-buying program and reaffirmed its intention to keep interest rates low for a "considerable" period of time.

And yet the markets reacted to this "non-news" as if it were a surprise...

Dow Jones Today: Energy and Pharma Mergers Top News

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Dow Jones today, July 14, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied late on Friday after a surge by tech stocks overshadowed growing banking concerns in Portugal. This week, earnings season kicks into high gear with a handful of the nation's largest banks reporting. The markets are also highly anticipating a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday, as we continue to watch for signs that the central bank will increase interest rates.

Here are the top stories that will be impacting the Dow Jones today:

Dow Jones Futures Slip 142 Points; U.S. Markets Brace for Fat Losses Today

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U.S. markets today, July 10, 2014: Dow Jones futures today (Thursday) were down 142 points, S&P 500 futures slipped 16 points, and Nasdaq 100 futures fell 35 points as of 8:30 a.m. EDT.

European and Portuguese losses are dragging U.S. markets. Additional downward pressure comes from a delayed negative reaction to Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes released Wednesday, which revealed Fed plans to end its bond-buying program in October.

Here's a roundup of the top stories affecting the stock market today...

New Gold Price Chart: Fed Minutes and Middle East Solidify Gold Above $1,320

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Gold prices today (Wednesday) finished back over $1,320 an ounce after the release of the latest U.S. Federal Reserve minutes, and amidst turmoil in the Middle East.

Take a look at our new gold price chart that reflects the current June-July rally, and get the latest on gold futures, spot gold price per ounce, and news driving up the price of gold...

FOMC Meeting Today: Lower Growth, Higher Rates

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The two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting wrapped up today (Wednesday) with the U.S. Federal Reserve revising down its previously more optimistic economic growth forecasts, and reinforcing expectations that interest rates will climb faster than what was previously anticipated.

Here are the details.

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