Federal Reserve

QE3 by the numbers

The Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing effort known as QE3 on Wednesday, calling time on a program that once bought $85 billion a month in mortgage bonds and Treasurys.

Just since the beginning of 2012, the Fed's balance sheet has grown by more than 50 percent.

As of Oct. 22, the Fed held $2.46 trillion in Treasury securities and $1.71 trillion in mortgage-backed securities, according to the latest statement of factors affecting reserve balances.

Click to edit 9/13/2012 Today % Chg.
S&P 5001459.991,984.7835.90%
US Dollar79.2685.257.60%
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In the 25 months since QE3 started, all major U.S. stock markets are up substantially, led by Nasdaq's 44 percent gain.