FED STAYS THE COURSE
Federal Reserve Announces Another $10 Billion Cut to QE3; Stocks Plummet While Gold Jumps
The Federal Reserve failed to surprise the markets today after announcing their unanimous decision to continue cutting their current money-printing campaign, known as QE3, by another $10 billion per month. This brings the Fed’s monthly bond purchases down to $65 billion in February from $75 billion in January. The Fed was apparently unfazed by last month’s dismal U.S. unemployment report and totally ignored the recent price dip impacting emerging markets over the last couple of weeks. This was Ben Bernanke’s final policy meeting after eight tumultuous years as Fed chief. Tomorrow, he will hand the reins over to Janet Yellen. Stocks reacted negatively to both the tapering news, and negative profit forecasts, with all three of the major U.S. indices falling by over 1%. Meanwhile, gold prices rose over 1% on the Fed decision.
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“Profiting From the Coming Paper Money Collapse”
Jon Hilsenrath weighs in on today’s Fed’s announcement.
Bill Fleckenstein says that when stocks do finally decline, they could drop by 30 percent.
Bloomberg reports that one of Russia’s top 200 lenders has introduced a complete ban on cash withdrawals until next week.
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Precious Metals Market Update with Tom Cloud
“World News Headlines That We Are Tracking”
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U.S. Defense officials express public concern over China’s development of new high-speed missile.
Palestinian officials have said they could not tolerate even a single Israeli soldier patrolling their future state, though they have acknowledged that some transition period would most likely be required as part of any future peace deal.
Eminent British scholars have challenged the government to release a cache of secret files dating back almost 400 years that they say could spur a reappraisal of some contentious episodes of British colonial history and the Cold War.
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