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Is QE3 the answer?

QE, or quantitative easing, is the action the Federal Reserve takes to buy mortgage and treasury bonds in the open market with the hopes of pushing down interest rates to a point that will jump-start the economy. QE also has a great effect on the stock market because it artificially boosts stock prices, giving the economy a chance to come around. The Federal Reserve has already implemented two rounds of quantitative easing, which has swelled their portfolio of mortgage and treasury bonds to a record $1.8 trillion. The treasury also recorded over $70 billion in trading profits in 2011 from …

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