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Biggest Risk For Market?

According to CNBC’s Bob Pisani if you have money in this market right now, the biggest risk to the downside probably comes from... politics.

Specifically, Pisani worries about the squabbling that resulted last week over whether to re-appoint Ben Bernanke as Fed chief.

Bernanke may be reconfirmed, says Pisani, but significant damage has already been done to the perception of the Fed's independence.

Traders fear that after this blame-the-Fed-for-everything populist uprising, both the Fed AND Treasury will get more political.

The big worry: politics will now affect monetary policy. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada released a statement saying he had met with Bernanke — that "to merit confirmation," Bernanke would have to "redouble his efforts to ensure families can access the credit they need to buy or keep their home..."

This is a blatantly political appeal to Bernanke that he should keep rates low. Can Bernanke and the Fed stand up to Congress and truly be independent, and have the guts to raise rates later this year?

Find out what the Fast Money traders have to say. Watch the video now!

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> Trader Talk: Traders See Politicized Fed Now




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Trader disclosure: On January 25th, 2010, the following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s Fast Money were owned by the Fast Money traders; Seymour Owns (AAPL), (BAC), (FXI), (INTC), (PBR), (X), (TSO), (VIP); Adami Owns (AGU), (BTU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (MSFT), (NUE); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (FLS); Finerman's Firm Is Short (IJR), (MDY), (SPY), (IWM), (USO), (UNG); Finerman's Firm Owns S&P Puts; Finerman Owns (AAPL); Finerman's Firm Owns (BAC), (BAC) Leaps; Finerman Owns (BAC) Preferred, (BAC); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (GOOG); Finerman's Firm Owns (MSFT); Finerman's Firm And Finerman Own (WFC) Preferred; Terranova Is Short (CMA), (ESS), (CAL); Terranova Owns (QCOM), (MSFT), (DELL), (AAPL), (EMC), (FCX), (MMM), (XOM), (BAC), (JPM); Terranova Owns March Copper Futures

For Joe Terranova
Terranova Works For (VRTS)
Terranova Is Chief Market Strategist Of Virtus Investment Partners, Ltd.
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (CLB)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DLR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (EXR)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (IGE)
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Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (DBV)
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Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (XLI)
Virtus Investment Partners Owns More Than 1% Of (SKT)

For Jon Najarian
Jon Najarian Owns (VMW)
Jon Najarian Owns (AAPL), (AAPL) Collar

For Mike Khouw
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Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Is A Market Maker In (JAVA)
Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Is A Market Maker In (ORCL)
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Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. Is A Market Maker In (AAPL)
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