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  • 'Anxious' consumers are a drag on growth: IP chief Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 9:53 AM ET
    NYC customers outside Macy's Herald Square store on Thanksgiving 2013.

    The U.S. economy is being held back by the uncertainty of consumers, International Paper Chairman and CEO John Faraci tells CNBC.

  • Morning six-pack: what we're reading Wednesday Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 9:43 AM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    Will Ben Bernanke announce a Fed taper?

  • Cramer: Strength of economy is overwhelming     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 9:01 AM ET

    The "Squawk on the Street" news team discuss if the Fed will taper today. "The economy is not as weak as it was six months ago," says Cramer.

  • Obama advisor: Relax! The private sector's growing Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    Jason Furman, Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors.

    The economy is ending the year strong and the budget deal will help ease the drag on the economy, top Obama economic advisor Jason Furman tells CNBC.

  • Bucking the trend and expanding the economy     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 8:05 AM ET

    Jason Furman, Council of Economic Advisers chairman, shares his thoughts on how the White House plans to expand the economy and protect the unemployed. The most important things we need to do is raise income for everyone; lower tax rates for businesses, and broaden the tax base, says Furman.

  • FOMC preview: Is taper in the cards?     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 7:07 AM ET

    Kevin Hassett, American Enterprise Institute, and John Faraci, International Paper Chairman & CEO, discusses the outlook on the U.S. economy, and whether it's time for the Federal Reserve to taper. It's quite possible the taper will not take place today, says Hassett.

  • Data indicates Fed should taper: Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 6:39 AM ET

    Robin Harding, Financial Times, and Peter Boockvar, The Lindsey Group, provide perspective on whether the Fed is likely to announce tapering today. The bond market is ready for a taper, Boockvar says.

  • What's really holding back the US economy: Survey Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 6:28 AM ET

    The growing gap between the richest Americans and everyone else isn't bad just for individuals. It's hurting the U.S. economy.

  • Global markets: European indexes post gains     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 6:21 AM ET

    CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as unemployment in the United Kingdom drops to its lowest rate in nearly five years.

  • 'Tightening is anticipated': Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 5:30 AM ET

    Patrick Spencer, director of international institutional equity sales at Baird, says that while the market has prepared for tapering, the Fed is unlikely to announce it on Wednesday.

  • Why the Fed should just 'get on with it'     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 5:00 AM ET

    Rob Carnell, chief international economist at ING, says the Fed should just "get on with it" when it comes to tapering, as the inflation argument is a "weak one."

  • India awaits Fed announcement: Economist     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 4:15 AM ET

    Julian Callow, chief international economist at Barclays, highlights that India remains "very sensitive" to Fed action and that a Fed announcement is "critical" for the rupee and the Reserve Bank of India.

  • It's unclear who is in charge at the Fed: Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:00 AM ET

    Stephen King, chief global economist at HSBC, says markets will feel more settled when Janet Yellen finally takes the reins at the Federal Reserve.

  • Taper timeline: When is it coming?     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:05 AM ET

    CNBC's Tom Mackenzie outlines the tapering timing predictions from some major banks and politicians.

  • Relax, inflation is too muted for Fed to taper     Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 5:15 PM ET

    Michael Gayed, Chief Investment Strategist at Pension Partners, says the only way the Fed can taper in mass is if they see an increase in inflation expectations.

  • Tougher Bernanke should lay groundwork for pullback Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 6:35 PM ET

    It should be a slightly more hawkish Ben Bernanke presiding over his final meeting, even though many Fed watchers say odds are against a taper.

  • Axel Merk, President & CIO, Merk Investments, explains why expectations for the Fed to reduce stimulus won't benefit the greenback.

  • Former Minneapolis Fed President Gary Stern explains that most conditions are right for the Fed to start paring back.

  • Terry Dolan, Benjamin & Jerold Brokerage CEO, discusses what the market needs to hear from the Fed meeting in order to re-gain momentum.

  • Cautiously optimistic about 2014: Pro     Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

    Dan McMahon, Raymond James director of equity trading, and Michael Santoli, Yahoo! Finance senior columnist, discuss their expectations for tomorrows Fed meeting and how the taper will influence their investing.

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