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Fed ends QE: what’s next for housing?

What happens to the housing market now that the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program is over?

Did quantitative easing work?

The Federal Reserve ends its bond-buying program, but did the historic move to stimulate the economy work?

Federal Reserve ends stimulus program

The Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying program, upgraded its assessment of the economy and pledged to keep interest rates low for a considerable time.

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The Federal Reserve building in Washington, October 28, 2014.

This is a breaking news story. Check back here for updates. The Federal Reserve was expected to end the third leg of quantitative easing at this week’s meeting. The U.S. central bank had been buying $15 billion a month in Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities as part of a program that had swelled its balance sheet …

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A Bank of American branch office in Oakland, Calif.

The end of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program and its fight against “too big to fail” banks are on a collision course in the bond market. When quantitative easing ends in October, the market for Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities will see its biggest net buyer stepping back. But because of new regulations requiring the …


As the Fed gets set to stop QE, Wall Street is already speculating the central bank could crank up a new bond-buying program to take its place if the economy sours. While the odds aren’t high, Fed watchers, surveyed by CNBC, saw a 1-in-7 chance the central bank would launch another QE program within the …

Fed-fueled rally

Stocks jump as the Federal Reserve begins its two-day meeting. What do top economists think the Central Bank will do next?

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New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley

The mood may have been polite and diplomatic, but the message was not. At an otherwise docile gathering Monday, New York Fed President William Dudley and Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo delivered a message to high-ranking Wall Street executives that bad behavior won’t be tolerated. Dudley in particular said big financial institutions operate under a cloud …


Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher told CNBC on Monday that recent stock market volatility has not changed his outlook for ending the central bank’s bond-buying program “one iota.” “We’ve been floating this market with the Ritalin of easy monetary policy,” said Fisher, a noted hawk. He’s a voting member this year on the central …

Volatile market, stoic Fed

Steve Liesman takes a look at the public disagreement within the Federal Reserve over what it should do next.


Income inequality in the United States is near its highest levels of the past 100 years, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday. Yellen, in remarks prepared for a speech Friday morning, said she was concerned about both the growing burden of student debt and the decline in new business formation, which she said could …

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Eric Rosengren, Boston Federal Reserve president

Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren told CNBC on Friday he doesn’t expect the U.S. economy to need another round of quantitative easing, but cautioned that he couldn’t rule out the option. “I don’t expect that we need to,” Rosengren said during an exclusive interview on “Squawk Box.” “If the economy got weak enough that it …

Deflation concerns

The potential for deflation is grabbing the attention of central bankers from around the globe. What exactly is deflation and why are experts worried? Steve Liesman explains.

Bernanke defends AIG bailout in court

Bernanke testified Thursday at the AIG bailout trial that he relied on the judgment of the N.Y. Federal Reserve Bank, which provided the initial commitments to AIG.

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Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

With Alcoa kicking off the unofficial start of the third-quarter earnings season after Wednesday’s close, investor attention shifts from the Federal Reserve back to corporations, and what they have to say about the final quarter of the year and 2015. And, as many market observers on Wednesday fixated on when the central bank will start raising interest …