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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

Traders at work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

First step to recovery: US Federal Reserve announces $10bn reduction in its stimulus measures

America's central bank acts after two year budget deal was recently agreed in Congress - removing the threat of another government shutdown in the near future

Hamish McRae: Next year should be good for the UK and other economies, but can the markets continue to rise?

Economic View: The better the economy does, the quicker rates rise and the greater the pressure on shares

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So, it's finally happened. The Fed's decision to slice $10bn (£6.1bn) a month off its quantitative easing programme is the clearest signal yet that Ben Bernanke, and his successor Janet Yellen, smell a real, full-blown recovery on the wind.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney may decide to increase interest rates if unemployment continues to drop

Fears raised that drop in unemployment could prompt early rise in interest rates

Increase in interest and mortgage rates would be unwelcome news for Coalition

UK unemployment drops to 7.4%, lowest since 2009

Unemployment rate fast approaching the Bank's 7% threshold

The Bank of England announced that interest rates will stay at 0.5 per cent

Bank of England keeping an eye on UK 'microwave' housing market, says chief economist Spencer Dale

The housing market is capable of overheating with little warning, a senior Bank of England official said on Friday, amid rising concerns that the Government’s mortgage subsidies could be inflating a fresh property bubble.

British economy to surpass pre-recession peak in 2014, says BCC

UK economy set to grow at its fastest pace in seven years at 2.7% in 2014

At the Bank of England, not everyone agrees with Mr Carney

A Bank of England rate-setter yesterday said that Threadneedle Street's flagship forward guidance policy was likely to have had little impact on the economy and appeared to clash with Governor Mark Carney over the timing of possible rate rises.

What will happen to property prices in 2014?

Latest reports forecast continued rise though not a 'housing bubble'

JCB to create 2,500 jobs as Osborne praises 'strong' manufacturing investment

Vehicle manufacturing giant JCB is set to create 2500 new jobs by 2018 as part of a £150 million expansion plan.

It’s happening: George Osborne admits Tories will privatise student loans

The move, long rumoured, has finally been announced as part of plans to raise student numbers

Mark Carney calls for formal powers over bank leverage ratios

Clear signal of intent from Bank Governor is victory for fans of tougher oversight

Ireland is a good example of a fire-sale situation where the value of the combined housing stock can drop through the floor

Julian Knight: Be sure not to miss out on the chance of a lifetime

British consumers are in many instances no better off - all we have been doing is kicking the debt down the road

Providers don’t want you to walk on by as they vie to offer the most competitive deals on loans of up to £15,000

Savvy Money: Hey, big borrower, the lenders have a keen interest in you

Banks and other providers are competing for the 'best buy' slot in providing sizeable loans

Five questions on: Britain's debt crisis

Debt crisis? Didn't David Cameron say we're on the road to recovery?

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