NEW YORK - Is the Federal Reserve ready to put the Great Recession behind it? Is the US economy prepared for it?
The seal of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors is seen during a press conference by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
The markets think so, as the Fed's policy board prepares to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday to decide a momentous step: whether they begin cutting back its stimulus for the economy, $85 billion a month pumped in via bond purchases to fuel the engine.
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