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What Today's ECB Decision to Cut Rates Means for Investors

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The European Central Bank announced a number of monetary policy changes Thursday in attempts to spur anemic growth and fend off slack inflation.

Disappointed investors sent stocks lower in early trading.

Here's what the ECB decision means for investors...

Low Eurozone Inflation Proves How Helpless Central Banks Are

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The European Central Bank (ECB) is loath to admit it, but it has no control over the Eurozone inflation rate.

According to official data released this morning (Monday), Eurozone inflation in August was unchanged at 0.2%.

That's far below the 2% inflation rate target sought by the ECB. And it shows just how ineffective the central bank's unprecedented monetary stimulus program has been.

Here's what the ECB will do next...

What Happened in the Greek Stock Market Today?

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What happened in the Greek stock market today was a good indication of the floundering confidence in the struggling Hellenic Republic.

The Athens Stock Exchange today crashed as much as 22.9% before it recovered and closed down 16.4%.

So, with what happened in the Greek stock market today, does that mean it's time to buy Greek stocks on the cheap and wait for a bounce?

Greek Bailout Will Feed the Joint EU-NATO Energy Empire

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The Greek bailout is the latest exercise in a geopolitical ploy to expand European business interests and reinforce North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) doctrine.

The only logical conclusion to this point is that this Greek bailout and the two preceding it were never about helping Greece repay.

The Greek debt crisis is about way more than just Greece or holding together the Eurozone...

Recent Greek Bailout a Sign of Political Crisis and Syriza Failure

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It's hard to imagine a situation where this most recent 86 billion euro ($94.1 billion) Greek bailout will succeed where the first 110 billion euro ($120.4 billion) Greek bailout in 2010 failed.

Or where the second 130 billion euro ($142.2 billion) Greek bailout in 2012 also failed.

Here's what is going to happen with this recent round of funding, and what is to become of Greece...

What Would a Grexit Mean for Investors?

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A new bailout bill has been negotiated for Greece and a "Grexit" has been averted.

For now.

So, what would a "Grexit" mean for investors? Here's how to prepare for what may very well be inevitable...

What Will Happen to Greece Now After the New Greek Bailout?

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Markets are breathing a sigh of relief now that Greece has negotiated a new bailout plan with its Eurozone creditors.

But, what will happen to Greece now? We've seen the results of years of austerity and it's not pretty.

And with this latest bailout round, is doesn't look like it's going to get any better...

Greek Vote Could Mean Short-Term Chaos

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Yesterday Keith sat down on FOX News while the markets roiled and distilled a very simple message about what's going wrong in Greece.

It's not primarily a political problem; it's a mathematical one. And until Greece - and an alarming number of Western governments, including the U.S. - realize that, the chaos will only continue.

Watch Keith here as he offers a valuable breakdown of Greece's woes and calmly summarizes the problem, just as he does regularly here at Money Morning...

What Happens When Greece Defaults?

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What happens when Greece defaults?

That's the question on the market's mind right now. It's no longer a question of "what happens if Greece defaults?"

Here's why the stakes are high, and why a default or "Grexit" is about more than just Greece...

The True Story Behind the Greek Debt Crisis: Why Hasn’t Greece Defaulted on Its Debt Yet?

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For most of the Greek debt crisis the reality has been well-known. Even if it was only initially discussed among the staffers and in the back offices of the International Monetary Fund, a Greek default has always been inevitable.

So now that Greece is €328 billion in the hole – a 175% debt-to-GDP ratio – exactly why hasn’t Greece defaulted on its debt yet?

Here’s the real story behind the Greek debt crisis…

Financial News Today Ignores the Reality Facing Greece and the Eurozone

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The financial news today is abuzz with headlines about the Greek debt crisis.

The biggest development came with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde being quoted as saying that "a Greek exit is a possibility," adding the IMF to the chorus of Greek creditors who have raising the stakes on a possible "Grexit."

But here's what's getting lost in that conversation...

Bond-Buying Chaos Is Spinning Out of Control

A few weeks ago, the man formerly known as the Bond King, Bill Gross, tweeted that shorting German bunds would be the trade of the century.

I was gratified to see that he was reading my mind, as readers of my Credit Strategist newsletter already know.

As a result of a massive bond-buying program by the European Central Bank (ECB), the yields not only on German bunds but on all European debt had plunged to ridiculously low levels.

Here's what you need to know...

How European Central Bank QE Works

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Understanding how quantitative easing works sheds very little insight as to how European Central Bank QE works.

What we've come to know in the U.S. as QE is simple. Large-scale bond purchases. But Europe has 19 member countries to buy debt from.

Here's how ECB QE works...

Get in on This Europe ETF Now to Beat Surging European Markets

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Investors shouldn't let fears over the Greek debt crisis scare them away from a promising Europe ETF play.

After all, the European markets don't seem too concerned. Just look at the events that unfolded this week.

That's why this Europe ETF play is a good way to jump in on the current investor indifference over Greece and a couple of other promising trends...

European Central Bank QE Is Masking Eurozone Struggles

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The European Central Bank quantitative easing regime is officially in full swing.

European Central Bank data released last Friday indicated as much. The sovereign bond-buying program began March 9. And in just two weeks, Eurozone central banks had already purchased 26.3 billion euros. This is all while economic indicators seem to point toward a recovery.

This market optimism is all unwarranted. Here's why the Eurozone is still in trouble, and why QE won't fix anything...