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The Federal Reserve recently announced it was raising the range of its federal funds rate, which, along with inflation, may be setting the stage for a stock market correction in 2016. Recently, the Fed lowered its federal funds rate to between 0.25% and 0.50%—the first increase in nearly…

The Federal Reserve surprised virtually no one this time around when it announced it was raising its key lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point, nearly 10 years after it started to lower the rate and exactly seven years after it slashed it to zero. Now…

The markets were mostly upbeat last week after the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for the first time in almost a decade by a razor thin 0.25%. Federal Chair Janet Yellen wasn’t quite ready to shout “Mission Accomplished” aboard an aircraft carrier, but her words did tell Wall…

My theory on why the Federal Reserve raised interest rates this past Wednesday is one of those “I didn’t see anyone look at it from that angle” points of view. So here it goes... We all know that, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price…

Janet Yellen Signaling Confidence in U.S. Economy After seven years of near-zero interest rates, the Federal Reserve has decided to raise the cost of borrowing from 0.25% to 0.50% and the discount rate from 0.75% to 1.0%. The Fed had kept the benchmark rates set by the U.S.…

Gold Prices: Investors Nervous Regarding Federal Reserve and U.S. Dollar After hitting their lowest levels since early 2010 a day earlier, gold prices are finding support in early trading on Thursday, November 19. One of the reasons investors sold the precious metal is that on November 18, the…

This Could Be a Big Catalyst for Bank Stocks After almost a decade of artificially low interest rates and nonexistent fixed income, it might be time for American banks re-enter the spotlight. Thanks to ultra-low interest rates and tighter regulations, U.S. banks have been languishing in the shadows.…

With the S&P 500 returning back to its all-time highs, the bulls are starting to break open the champagne. But for anyone willing to look past the rosy headlines, the chance of a stock market crash in 2016 is growing. October produced the best gains since 2011 as…

Silver Remains Bullish Silver is in the midst of a mini-Renaissance. After trending downward since the middle of May, the silver price rebounded in early October, and is up 9.3% since the beginning of the month, near $15.85. Unlike previous increases which were very short lived (January, March,…

Forget Goldman Sachs; Here’s Why Gold Prices Could Soar Goldman Sachs is out with a dour gold price outlook. Goldman economists forecast that gold prices will remain in the $1,100 per ounce range for the next three months, under $1,050 per ounce in six months and fall to…

No Rate Hike Was Obvious, Says Peter Schiff Janet Yellen and her cronies at the Federal Reserve didn’t fail to raise interest rates because of global economic turmoil—they never planned for one to begin with. Anyone convinced they’ll see a rate hike soon is out to lunch. Or…

U.S. economic data is very clear: we’re headed towards a recession, if we’re not already in one. There are three key indicators I closely follow that presently paint a gruesome picture of the U.S. economy: consumer confidence, manufacturing statistics, and business conditions as tracked by regional Federal Reserve…

Wall Street is Out of Sync with Main Street, Says Sam Zell Billionaire business magnate Sam Zell says Wall Street is out of sync with Main Street. The $4.8 billion dollar man and chairman of Equity Group Investments really isn’t saying anything the average American reading the news…

Soaring Gold Prices Hint Interest Rate Hike is Off the Table Gold prices staged an impressive rally this week as Tuesday’s uplift in the spot rates for the yellow metal built on Friday’s negative U.S. economic reports. Gold bullion surged upward to $1,153.12 per ounce as analysts and…

Peter Schiff Says the Fed Will Never Raise Interest Rates Peter Schiff had some harsh words for investors this Tuesday, warning of a possible U.S. stock market crash. Schiff, a well-known analyst and media personality, is no stranger to criticizing the U.S. Federal Reserve, appearing on CNBC’s Futures…

It wasn’t too long ago that the Federal Reserve told us it expected the U.S. economy to grow by three percent on average, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). After all, with years of historically low interest rates and trillions of new dollars printed, that’s the least…