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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.

Dow QE3 chart 141029 EC

Click to edit 9/13/2012 Today % Chg.
S&P 500,1459.99"1,984.78"35.90%
Dow13539.86"17,003.07"25.60%
NASDAQ3155.83"4,547.62"44.10%
US Dollar79.26,85.25,7.60%
Basis Points
10-Year1.721,2.3174,0.5964
30-Year2.928,3.0846,0.1566

In the 25 months since QE3 started, all major U.S. stock markets are up substantially, led by Nasdaq's 44 percent gain.