QE3 is on track to be its largest bond-buying program yet, if it follows the path predicted by Wall Street. The Fed was expected to wind down its third round of quantitative easing, known as QE3, at the end of this year. But most predictions are now well into 2014, with some as far out as June.
Economists largely believe the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate have forced the Fed’s hand, creating a weaker economic outlook and muddying the data the central bank relies on to make decisions.
Given this environment and the leadership transition as Ben Bernanke’s term ends in January, the Fed will likely continue its current stimulus program at full blast — buying $85 billion in bonds each month — until at least March 2014.
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