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Johnson & Johnson faces $417m payout in latest talc case
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Cambridge University Press reverses China censorship move
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Cambridge University Press restores access to sensitive China stories after academics protest.
China's Great Wall eyes Fiat Chrysler bid
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VW to relaunch Kombi van as electric vehicle
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The famous van is set to return in modern electric form, five years after production finally ended.

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Written by  Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:53

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Fed released its latest policy statement on Wednesday ahead of Chairman Ben Bernanke’s widely anticipated and expected press conference, scheduled for 2:15 PM eastern time.  In its statement, FOMC members blamed Japan and high commodities for the current slowdown in the economic recovery, telling people those effects would prove to be transitory.  QE2, as expected, will end with June.

The FOMC statement was bland - Wikipedia

Expectant market watchers looked to the Fed release for signs that anything would change, that Bernanke might signal something new this time around.  While the FOMC release appeared little changed, it was relevant that the Committee confirmed that the economic  recovery “is continuing at a moderate pace,” albeit “somewhat more slowly” than expected.


Pointing its fingers to the rest of the world, Bernanke’s Fed said that the current “soft patch” is being caused by transitory effects.  Inflation, they said, was caused by high commodity prices pushing up energy and food costs, while supply-chain disruptions in Japan were in the process of being solved.

On quantitative easing, the FOMC said they would conclude the latest $600 billion plan of long-term asset purchases, or QE2, and said it would continue to reinvest the principal payments from its securities holdings; interest rates would remain at the 0% to 0.25% range for “an extended period.”

While not hinting at QE3, they did reiterate that the Fed would continue to monitor “the size and composition of its securities holdings and is prepared to adjust those holdings as appropriate.”  Market watchers will have to wait for the Q&A at the press conference for any further hints that Bernanke might continue to feed the markets with easy money.

Just wait and see, they asked the general public, telling them that as time passes, both unemployment and output would move back to levels at or around those consistent with their dual mandate of price stability and maximum employment.

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