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Get ready for Fed day. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will release its latest monetary policy report followed by chairman Ben Bernanke's second consecutive press conference to answer any and all questions. (Seriously, there are no stupid questions.)

While no one expects the Fed to make an adjustment to its ultra-low key interest rate, the statement and Mr. Bernanke's post-statement remarks will be scrutinized for clues on what the central bank makes of the current economic slowdown and whether it feels another round of economic stimulus is needed.

In the meantime, Bespoke Investment Group has done some number crunching to see how stocks have fared on Fed days during ZIRP (or zero interest rate policy). On average, the S&P 500 has gained 0.74 per cent, or about double the average gain since 1995.

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David Berman has been writing about business and investing since 1995. He has written for a number of magazines, including Canadian Business and MoneySense. He worked at the Financial Post as an investing writer and daily columnist before moving to the Globe and Mail in 2008. More

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