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  • Market rally: A lot more at play than QE     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 3:55 PM ET

    Oliver Pursche, Gary Goldberg Financial Services president, discusses the next move for the average investor now the Fed will begin to taper and how the decision will affect interest rates.

  • Fed delivered a one, two 'stimulus' punch: Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 3:41 PM ET

    Discussing the Fed's decision to taper its bond purchasing program and the markets immediate response, with Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial chief economist & senior managing director; Scott Minerd, Guggenheim Partners CIO; Rick Rieder, BlackRock managing director; and CNBC's Rick Santelli.

  • CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the Fed's decision to taper and its direct effect on the Treasury market. Steve Liesman says, "Essentially the bond market is unchanged, not sure the equity market was paying attention to the same things."

  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke discusses long-term unemployment and the economic impact of ending extended unemployment benefits. "Overall it could have a very small effect on the measured unemployment rate," Bernanke says.

  • Bernanke: Fed was slow to recognize crisis     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 3:16 PM ET

    Fed chairman Ben Bernanke says, in retrospect, the Fed was slow to recognize the financial crises, but is now better prepared to handle future financial events.

  • Fed chairman Ben Bernanke says he has increased the transparency and accountability of the Federal Reserve, and Fed policy helped the economy recover more quickly.

  • Bernanke: Disappointed in pace of growth     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 3:05 PM ET

    Fed chairman Ben Bernanke addresses job creation and why the economy has not produced more jobs. Compared to other countries the U.S. recovery has been better than most, but is still somewhat tepid, Bernanke says.

  • El-Erian: Fed taper begins—what happens next? Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 3:15 PM ET

    Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian offers four key takeaways from the Fed meeting that may shed light on what's ahead.

  • Fed taper positive sign for economy, bad for bonds Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:54 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke smiles as he is asked a question during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

    The Fed's surprise decision to slow down its bond buying program was greeted by markets as a sign the economy is improving, a longer term bearish omen for bonds but a positive for stocks for now.

  • Bernanke: Will remain data-dependent     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:42 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman asks Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke whether the U.S. can expect bond purchase reduction increments of $10 billion going forward, and why Bernanke does not announce an ideal unemployment number.

  • Bernanke: Will modestly reduce purchases pace     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:30 PM ET

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the "economy is continuing to make progress" and, as a result, the Fed will modestly reduce bond purchases in January. Bernanke also addresses unemployment, saying "recent economic indicators have increased confidence the job market gains will continue."

  • Pimco's co-CIO Bill Gross reacts to the Fed's decision to taper its bond purchases. He says his firm remains skeptical on the Fed's approach relative to a cyclical economy being boosted by asset prices.

  • Bill Gross: Expect 2-3% economy next year     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:22 PM ET

    Pimco's co-CIO Bill Gross looks ahead to the global economy in 2014. He says a major headwind for the economy is the "leverage within the system."

  • Gold plunged post-Fed; Rallied back up     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:07 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports gold plunged immediately after the Fed's taper announcement, then rallied higher.

  • Santelli: Not a taper, just a 't'     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:07 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli provides insight on what traders at the CME Group are saying about the Fed's decision to taper $10 billion.

  • Fed to taper bond buying by $10 billion a month Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 4:07 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would start to taper its bond-buying program to $75 billion a month.

  • A trader uses his mobile phone as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

    The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would start to taper its bond-buying program to $75 billion a month.

  • Fed taper 'somewhat negative' for bonds: Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:00 PM ET

    The Fed announced a $10 billion reduction in its bond purchases. David Kelly, JPMorgan Funds; Bob Doll, Nuveen Asset Management; and Ken Volpert, Vanuard head of taxable fixed income, discuss the potential impact to bonds and equities.

  • Fed to begin taper     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports the Fed has provided future guidance for tapering and dovish guidance about interest rates on the way out.

  • Economy 'good enough' for taper?     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:55 PM ET

    Bob Doll of Nuveen Asset Management, says the economy is doing "well enough" for the Fed to begin the taper process. Ken Volpert of Vanguard, weighs in.

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