Wednesday, November 3, 2010

What a Fed move would mean. Today

The Federal Reserve is expected to announce a new round of bond-buying today to lower long-term interest rates to boost the economy.

Debate is raging inside and outside the Fed about how much good it will do, if any. Proponents say purchasing hundreds of billions of dollars more in Treasury bonds will provide only modest support for the economy. Foes warn that it could backfire by pushing up commodity prices, sowing seeds of unwelcome inflation in the future, or by undermining confidence in the Fed’s ability to manage — and eventually reduce — its holdings. Ahead of the Fed’s 2:15 p.m. announcement, here’s a rundown of the key issues...

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