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    The central bank circus was on full display this week as the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee held a two-day meeting only to emerge with another mind-numbing series of excuses for keeping interest rates at zero when the economy is not in crisis. 

    One such claim was that inflation (as measured by economists) is insufficiently high, despite the fact that the price of real-world goods and services (including gasoline again) are steadily rising. The Fed stated that it's afraid raising interest rates - for the first time in nine years by all of 25 basis points - could send the economy into a tailspin. That isn't only bad policy, it is pathetic.

    Perhaps it is time we learned this one vital lesson...

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U.S. Dollar Value Under Attack – By the Federal Reserve

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It is a common misconception that the Federal Reserve can protect against a U.S. dollar collapse.

In fact, Fed policies actually hurt U.S. dollar value.

Take a look at these numbers and you'll see how the dollar is under fire...

The Ugly Truth Behind the Fed's Quantitative Easing

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Editor's note: In this groundbreaking analysis, Shah reveals how quantitative easing - a misguided multi-trillion dollar central bank policy and the greatest financial disruptor of our time - has distorted the global economy, made many traditional investments unprofitable, and stoked wealth and income inequality. But Shah says there are steps we can take to limit some of the damage - if we act now.

The growing income and wealth gap between the rich and poor, most of whom used to be called middle class, has many fathers. But behind the scenes one primary cause emerges. It's the greatest financial disruptor of modern times: Quantitative Easing (QE).

While the jury's out on whether QE will eventually be the step-ladder that lifts us out of the lingering Great Recession, as its proponents argue, the facts demand that the verdict on QE's egregious enrichment of the rich and subjugation of everyone else is: "guilty."

And the trouble won't stop now that the United States has begun winding down its quantitative easing - the Eurozone and Japan each have massive QE programs.

Here are the facts. Policymakers and struggling middle class and poor people must take a strong stand to fight this financial plague. Here's how...

The Fed Can No Longer Stop a U.S. Dollar Collapse

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Since November 2008, the Federal Reserve has used quantitative easing to keep the U.S. dollar from collapsing.

But the Fed’s safety net is no longer available to prevent a U.S. dollar collapse.

This video explains what has changed at the Fed that would keep it from performing its role…

Proof of Federal Reserve Stock Market Manipulation

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The fact that the U.S. banking system is awash with $2.6 trillion in excess reserves points to nothing more than U.S. Federal Reserve stock market manipulation.

For years, the amount of reserves in the banking system was flat, at least relative to the relentless surge Bernanke's tenure brought with it. Excess reserves were at $1.5 billion in February 2006 when Ben Bernanke stepped in as chairman. Under Bernanke, it grew $2.5 trillion.

Here's why that can be nothing more than Fed stock market manipulation...

Stay Away from This Irrational Indulgence

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When I see the market rally mindlessly - as it did on Friday, after the jobs report pushed the jobless rate down to 5.4%- I ask myself a set of questions like the following.

Do investors really think it's going to matter if the Fed raises interest rates by a quarter of a point in September instead of June? Do they really think it's normal that €3 trillion of European debt is yielding less than zero? The Swiss National Bank (Switzerland's Federal Reserve) owns $100 billion of stocks...Is that considered normal?

I can't be any more direct than this - sometimes the plane hits the ground before people have a chance to parachute to safety. Investors trying to ride this market to the bitter end are going to find the end is bitter, indeed...

Janet Yellen Just Gave "the Finest Verbal Judo in a Long Time"

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen topped the news this week - but she didn't actually say anything...

And the markets went wild Wednesday trying to parse Yellen's remarks and the language of the latest FOMC meeting policy statement.

Yellen's word games mess with how markets are supposed to operate. It leaves investors guessing about what's ahead.

Here's some clarity...

Apple Stock Debuts on Dow Jones Industrial Average Today

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, March 19, forecasted a 43-point decrease from yesterday's close. The DJIA surged 227 points Wednesday after the Federal Reserve indicated a slower pace for an expected interest rate hike this year. Commodities rallied on the news, with gold prices jumping nearly 2% and silver prices up almost 2.5%.

Apple stock (Nasdaq: AAPL) makes its official debut on the Dow Jones Industrial Average today. It replaces AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T). [Here's why Apple - the most valuable company in the world with a market cap of $732.5 billion - just became worthy of joining the DJIA...]

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

Why the Federal Reserve Will Move Rates

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To say that markets are confused about when the Federal Reserve is going to raise interest rates is the understatement of the year.

The confusion is understandable. While the U.S. economy no longer needs crisis-era policies like zero interest rates and quantitative easing, the rest of the world is still struggling.

While some would argue that such policies are not the answer, central banks in Europe, Japan and China are doubling down on huge bond buying programs.

The question is whether the Federal Reserve will go its own way or allow weakness abroad to govern its next move...

It's Not Time to Sell Everything… Yet

The Fed One of my favorite lines is "I'm not the kind of guy to say I told you so – but if I was, I'd sure be saying it now." As far as saying "I told you so," back in the summer of 2008, in my "Friday Night Illumination" emails to my banker and trader friends, […]

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FOMC Meeting Today: A Tale of Two QEs

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The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting today marks 2015's inaugural meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy makers.

It's only been a month since the last meeting convened. But a lot has changed. It's following big stories in the way of global central, particularly from the European Central Bank.

Here's how this QE story will play out, and why today's FOMC meeting will just be noise in a much more troubling outlook for central banking...

Stock Market Futures Up Ahead of FOMC Meeting and FB Earnings

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Stock market futures for Wednesday, Jan. 28, forecasted a 22-point gain from yesterday's close.

Today, investors are awaiting word from the Fed Open Market Committee. The markets will be paying attention to how the central bank is planning to address interest rates in the coming months.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Wednesday:

The Next Subprime Crisis Has Already Started

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Reading about what's going on in the subprime auto lending space is a lot like reading about drive-by shootings.

Unless you're a subprime borrower, or live in a neighborhood where drive-bys are happening, you probably don't know much about either - or think they affect you.

But if you listen closely there's muffled financial "gunfire" already in your neighborhood.

And it's much closer to your doorstep than you think.

Here's what you need to know...

JPMorgan (NYSE: JPM) Is the Latest Target on Goldman Sachs' "Hit List"

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JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) is about to become Goldman Sachs' newest toy. Except its version of "playing" is "smashing it into pieces."

That's right, Goldman Sachs has joined a bandwagon of analysts calling for JP Morgan Chase to break up. And since Goldman Sachs is simply the best at what it does - good and evil - their mission shouldn't be too hard.

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How the Fed Sees Itself Is Not Pretty

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The Fed was the center of debate during congressional questioning on Nov. 21.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren compared the Fed's job to that of "a cop on the beat."

In response, New York Fed President William Dudley put his foot in his big mouth.

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...

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