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Fed Tapering To Begin: How will it impact the financial markets?

By: NASDAQ.com News
Posted: 1/8/2014 3:36:00 PM
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Broad US markets are relatively flat this week in anticipation of the Fed meeting minutes that are coming out later today. It has been largely reported that the Fed is expected to reduce its bond purchases down to $75 billion starting this month. What most analysts are looking for coming out of the Fed meeting is how optimistic the Fed is for 2014 and whether they expect to entirely wind down monthly bond purchases to nothing by the end of the year. The ADP US nonfarm private sector employment report came out this morning noting an increase of 238,000 jobs from November to December.

 

"Investors are now wondering if tapering will occur consistently throughout the year to the point that there will no longer be a bond purchasing program at year-end,” said David Krein, Managing Director of NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes. “The recent upbeat jobs report might give Fed officials more confidence that the markets are ready for tapering to increase".

 

 

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