QE3 by the numbers

The Federal Reserve endedthe quantitative easing effort known as QE3 on Wednesday, calling time on a program that once bought $85 billion a month in mortgage bonds and Treasurys.

Just since the beginning of 2012, the Fed's balance sheet has grown by more than 50 percent.

As of Oct. 22, the Fed held $2.46 trillion in Treasury securities and $1.71 trillion in mortgage-backed securities, according to the latest statement of factors affecting reserve balances.

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9/13/2012
Today
% Chg.
S&P 500 1459.99 1,984.78 35.90%
Dow 13539.86 17,003.07 25.60%
NASDAQ 3155.83 4,547.62 44.10%
US Dollar 79.26 85.25 7.60%
Basis Points
10-Year 1.721 2.3174 0.5964
30-Year 2.928 3.0846 0.1566

In the 25 months since QE3 started, all major U.S. stock markets are up substantially, led by Nasdaq's 44 percent gain.