Fed Keeps Pedal to the Metal as Egypt Unrest Weighs on Markets

Stocks swaggered through the first four days of the past week with their usual devil-may-care attitude, then tripped into the final three hours on Friday amid scenes of civil unrest in Egypt. At the final count, the Dow Jones Industrials closed down Friday by 1.4%, theS&P 500 fell 1.8%, theNasdaq fell 2.5% and the Russell 2000small-caps sank 2.5%.

For the week, the Dow was only down 0.4%, though, while the S&P was off 0.5%, the Nasdaq was flat and the Russell 2000 small-caps were actually up 0.3%.
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A Rescue Plan for the U.S. Economy

Money Morning Executive Editor William Patalon III, Fitz-Gerald took the time to outline that eight-point rescue plan for the U.S. economy. In that plan, the changes Fitz-Gerald calls for include:
• Cuts in federal spending.
• Pension reforms at all levels.
• A halt to weak-dollar policies.
• And a realization by Washington that it’s time to take China much more seriously.
In Part I of this interview, which appeared yesterday (Thursday), Fitz-Gerald assessed the health of the U.S. and global economies, provided his outlook for the U.S. stock market and for commodity prices, and even offered an investment strategy for 2011.

Best Investments For 2011

The U.S. recovery will continue this year, and U.S. stocks will continue to advance, though investors can expect whipsaw trading patterns and must beware of the point when the U.S. Federal Reserve ends the cheap-money mindset that’s fueling the advances, says Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald.

But uncertainty also brings opportunity, and Fitz-Gerald sees tremendous profit potential for those who are willing to remain invested – and who have the courage to make opportune choices. Commodities of all types, so-called “BEE” (Big Emerging Economy) markets and the stocks of companies that derive a major portion of their sales from these fast-growing overseas economies should be on everyone’s investment menu.

And don’t ignore multinational stocks from your own backyard: While it might surprise many investors to discover this, many U.S.-based companies are major players abroad, Fitz-Gerald says.

“I see the markets generally rising until mid-2011, which is when the reality of stimulus spending, the looming budget battle and fiscal follies set in.

Wheat Trading

Wheat is the second-largest commodities crop in the world, behind only corn. Wheat is one of the world’s most important cereal crops grown for human consumption. Investing in wheat futures allows traders to participate in the agricultural markets without holding a physical market position. Investing in wheat futures also provides growers with a risk management tool to protect the price of their expected purchase or sale of physical grain. The United States is one of the world’s largest wheat producing countries. Japan is one of the largest importers of wheat in the world, with imports originating from Australia, Canada, and the United States. Exportable wheat supplies are also available from Argentina, Europe, Ukraine and other areas of the world, depending on crop situations. This makes wheat a truly global market and allows traders to enter into a global environment to create a broad trading strategy using wheat alone or in combination with other grains.

WikiLeaks Handed Data on Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

Swiss whistle-blower Rudolf Elmer — the former chief operating officer of the Cayman Islands subsidiary for Swiss bank Julius Baer — handed the discs to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a press conference in London. The data relate to offshore bank accounts allegedly held by individuals and companies from across the world, including the U.S., U.K. and Germany, and covers 1990 to 2009.

Commodity Market and Commodities Exchange

Commodities exchanges usually trade futures contracts on commodities, for example, in a certain month, A farmer raising corn can sell a future contract on his corn, which will not be harvested for several months, and guarantee the price he will be paid when he delivers; a breakfast cereal producer buys the contract now and guarantees the price will not go up when it is delivered. This protects the farmer from price drops and the buyer from price rises.

Trade Indices Online

diversify your portfolio with index futures trading, alongside your other trading activity. Instead of searching for a decent trading system out of the thousands of systems online to provide you with index trading services, you can start trading indices online today with the same Forex platform that you’re already familiar with.

Trade Oil Online

Oil trading is performed in the same way as FX or Foreign Currencies Trading
Oil Is King – More people trade oil than any other commodity. Its importance in the world and demand is increasing due to China and India becoming increasingly important to world economy. You can trade oil futures using options and commodities from anywhere there is a computer with internet service.

Profit From the One Company That Will Win the “Mobile Internet” Gold Rush

Analysts have been predicting the Internet’s “mobile explosion” for years.

It’s finally happening. And it’s a much bigger blast than anyone anticipated.

Slightly more than a year ago, Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT) projected that 172 million Web-connected mobile devices would be sold in 2010 – a 45% increase over 2009.
Mobile devices – and M in particular – are a big, big business now.