QE Tapering: Global Stock Markets Rise

Stock markets around the world have crept higher as investors await news from the US Federal Reserve regarding the tapering of quantitative easing

Emma Wall 18 September, 2013 | 3:09PM
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Stock markets across the US and Europe have reached five year highs as investors await the Fed's policy decision due at 7pm this evening. 

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke is widely expected to reduce QE by $10 billion a month - less than was initially thought, and as a result stock markets have bounced. It is thought Bernanke will be leniant because of worse than expected employment figures.

Sceptics have credited the stimulus package with helping the S&P 500 reach its all-time high earlier this year, and since Bernanke announced plans to taper QE in May markets across the globe have been volatile. 

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar