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  • 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.

  • Santelli's Midday Bond Report     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:33 PM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses bond prices and yields.

  • Looking for better growth in 2014: Economist     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:13 PM ET

    Is current economic data good enough for the Fed to begin to taper? Vincent Reinhart, Morgan Stanley, and Michael Feroli, JPMorgan, discuss.

  • QE boost to the wealthy     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:12 PM ET

    Many of the gains from QE have gone to financial assets, reports CNBC's Robert Frank. The intent of the program was to help the overall economy.

  • Banks await Fed news     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 1:01 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman reports Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs are speaking out about the taper.

  • Short focus investing themes for 2014     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 12:41 PM ET

    John Fichthorn of Dialectic Capital Management, shares his 2014 playbook, including a China short focus fund. "China's credit bubble is starting to taper," he says.

  • QE: The greatest subsidy to the rich ever? Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:13 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke

    The largesse of the Federal Reserve over the past five years has amounted to one of the largest ever subsidies to the American wealthy.

  • Fed losing bond market: Pro     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 12:06 PM ET

    Fleckenstein Capital president Bill Fleckenstein shares his 2014 playbook. "The bond market is no longer following the Fed," he says.

  • Will Bernanke pull back easy money?     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 12:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Liesman breaks down the latest Fed survey results on when the Street is expecting the Federal Reserve to begin tapering its asset purchase program.

  • Ben Bernanke (non) drinking game     Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 11:57 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells gives Ben Bernanke a special send off with her version of a "non-drinking" drinking game. What are the odds the Fed chairman will use a word today like "twerking" or phrase like "Yellen is Jellin?" Jane explains the rules.

  • Gold ends higher; traders stop running from taper Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 2:49 PM ET

    Gold futures settled higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it would begin tapering its bond-buying program to $75 billion a month.

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