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What the Fed Will Tell Markets This Week

The Fed is set to release minutes from its January policy meeting, and investors are sure to closely sift through them for any clues about the future of quantitative easing.

Some Fed Officials Worried Bond Purchases May Fuel Inflation

Several Federal Reserve policymakers warned last month that the Fed's plan to keep buying $85 billion in bonds each month until the job market is healthy could eventually escalate inflation, unsettle financial markets or cost the Fed money when it sells its investments.

The Fed Sees a Slower Recovery and Jobs Rebound

In its latest meeting minutes, the Fed said it now expects the U.S. economy to grow more slowly in both 2010 and 2011, with as many as six years needed to return unemployment to normal levels of 5% to 6%.

An Anxious Fed: Economy Needs More Time

The minutes of the Fed Open Market Committee's Sept. 20-21 meeting show a second round of quantitative easing may be needed "before long," but the bankers delayed any moves to collect more data and figure how to best to communicate the policy.

Fed Minutes Confirm Intense Debate Over Recovery

At its August meeting, the Fed agreed to maintain the current monetary policy, but the decision was hardly universal. Some members said the recovery was on track and expressed concern that the decision to reinvest Treasury proceeds would send the wrong signal.

The Fed Sees a Slower Economic Recovery

The minutes from its June meeting raise some warning flags about growth and unemployment. Still, the Fed's latest forecasts are just slightly more pessimistic, and it has ruled out taking any further stimulus actions -- at least for now.