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  • Don't expect a Fed change in policy: Economist     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 11:30 AM ET

    Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee, says the Fed is unlikely to taper for a while as the U.S. labor market has yet to show "irrefutable evidence" that it's on the mend.

  • Cut interest rates & excess reserve: Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 11:06 AM ET

    Michael Jones, Riverfront Investment Group CIO, and Ethan Harris, Bank of America Merrill Lynch global research, weigh in on the likelihood of a taper and if it really matters if the Fed tapers this month.

  • The Fed & FedEx: Consumers shift     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 11:04 AM ET

    CNBC's Sara Eisen explains factors that lead to FedEx's disappointing quarterly results and how its earnings are tied to the taper.

  • Santelli Exchange: Future inflation & the economy     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 10:46 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the latest action in the bond market and future inflation.

  • Fed policy should impact economy, not markets: Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 10:04 AM ET

    Mark Olson, Treliant Risk Advisors co-chairman, and Jim McCaughan, Principal Global Investors CEO, discuss the outlook on the U.S. economy, and whether it's time for the Federal Reserve to taper.

  • Decision day: The taper case     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 10:01 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman presents reasons why the Fed should and should not taper, and what the decision means to Wall Street.

  • '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.

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