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CNBC's Boldest Predictions for 2011

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16. The Fed Ends QE2 Program in June

"The Federal Reserve, responding to intense political criticism and an improving economy, ends its QE2 policy after purchasing Treasuries in June. The Fed will avoid punitive legislation ... GDP growth of nearly 3 percent will ease pressure on the central bankers. By year-end, speculation will be percolating about the first Fed rate hike, which could come in early 2012." — Greg Valliere

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