As the devil-may-care bravado of Wall Street marches on, history warns that -- in the end -- there will be the devil to pay.
If Federal Reserve forecasts point toward full employment and price stability, policymakers at the upcoming FOMC meeting will have a hard time getting Wall Street to reconcile that outlook with a 1% Fed funds rate.
This might be the month of reckoning for failed central bank money-printing policies. Mounting evidence suggests that markets are starting to notice that the Fed is trapped.
More signs suggest that gold has reached a turning point. But putting a fair value on the yellow metal is harder than assessing what a business is worth.
From bond markets to Chinese stocks to the Fed to gold, Wall Street is dialing up the chaos in a big way.
Bond investors still have the power to stifle the Fed, although they may do it much more quietly than had been expected.
As Japan's problems continue, investors worldwide are still largely convinced central bankers are in control. They're not. The market is.
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After enjoying a smooth rise in stock prices since May, investors are about to be hit with another bout of volatility.
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