Today (Wednesday) marks the final day of a two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. Investors are speculating that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its second FOMC meeting on Wednesday - the first rate hike since June 2006.
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An interest rate hike could happen this month and economists are making statements aplenty. While Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen makes intentionally vague statements, we found a few industry leaders who do not.
They've looked at various data and claim that a December rate hike is indeed imminent.
Peter Schiff - renowned economist and the contrarian investor at the helm of Euro Pacific Capital - predicts Christmas 2015 will be far from merry and bright.
And the U.S. Federal Reserve's policies are to blame.
The odds of a Fed interest rate hike in December dramatically increased over the weekend.
One of the biggest reasons why was a strong October jobs report. The U.S. Labor Department reported Friday that non-farm payrolls rose 271,000 last month. The unemployment rate dipped to 5% from 5.1% and now sits at a level considered "full employment."
We know a Fed rate hike is coming soon.
What we don't know is how the hike will impact U.S. markets. Will the move rock traders, or will it be "business as usual"?
Find out what's ahead for the stock market today.
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Fed interest rates are about to increase for the first time in nine years. U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen had hinted for months that the central bank finally was ready to raise interest rates above zero for the first time since late 2008.
Markets will react as new rates are decided, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani explained on Aug. 7. "Investors could panic. Because we're so close to all-time highs, any dip could turn into a sell-off as investors rush to book their paper profits."
Watch the following video for Gilani's prediction on the timing of a rate hike, plus get his profit-taking strategy than any investor can use to cash in when Fed interest rates climb...
The Federal Reserve will hold a two-day policy meeting next week on Sept. 16 and 17, and the biggest decision will be whether to impose an interest rate hike.
And that has investors wondering what type of impact an interest rate hike would have on stocks.
The U.S. Federal Reserve is preparing for a two-day meeting on Sept. 16 and 17, and investors around the world are wondering "Will the Fed raise interest rates?"
The Fed has been adamant about raising interest rates for the first time since 2008 this year, and it looked to be almost certain the rate hike would occur in September.
An all-important U.S. Federal Reserve meeting on Sept. 16-17 will decide whether interest rates will be raised for the first time in nearly a decade.
But Peter Schiff, economist, best-selling author, and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, doesn't think the Fed is actually even considering a rate hike, despite speculation.
The DJIA Index added 33 points Friday to end a four-day losing streak. The cause? Biotech and healthcare stocks rebounded to pull markets upward as investors search for value after this week's sell-offs.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech on monetary policy in San Francisco 15 minutes before the closing bell. Yellen indicated that rate increases this year are likely, but the pace will be gradual.