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Why did the stock indexes increase despite the QE tapering? [closed]

In the past, stock indexes dropped when QE cuts were announced. However, this time, in December, when the QE was cut by $10 billion, the indexes went up. Why is this?
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On what dates do the U.S. and Canada release their respective federal budgets?

What is the date on which the U.S. officially announces its budget? What is the date for Canada? I want to know the dates because I would like to go back to historical charts and see if the stock ...
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As an investor or speculator, how might one respond to QE3 taper?

I see on the Internet a lot of talk amongst the financial types that QE3 may/may not taper off. I have owned some mutual funds as part of an IRA for the past year and took advantage of the huge ...
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What are good investments to use as hedges when the Federal Reserve draws down quantitative easing?

Basically I think it is quite obvious that quantitative easing (QE) will be pulled back eventually and countries will start to tighten their monetary policy. When that happens, what kind of assets ...
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Does the Fed keeping interest rates low stimulate investment in the stock market and other investments?

I heard that if the Fed keeps interest rates low then folks with money to invest will choose something other than just a money market or passive sort of investment, perhaps choosing investing in the ...
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What do people mean when they talk about the central bank providing “cheap money”? What are the implications for the stock market?

Newspapers write a lot about the central bank stopping "cheap money" in the US. What is that exactly and what are the implications for the stock market?
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Swiss-style Monetary Policy

I'm doing some research on investing and financial advisers. Not that I have a lot (no debt, less than 20K in net worth), but I've recently finished paying off all my student loans, and am now ...
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How can all these countries owe so much money? Why & where did they borrow it from?

When I look at this long list of countries with debt, I get the feeling we've all been sold a load of manure. How can so many countries owe so much money? Generally speaking, why did they borrow it, ...
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Why is seigniorage different for paper notes and coins?

Wikipedia defines Seigniorage for paper notes and metal coins. Why is seigniorage for paper money not just face value - production cost? I can understand using just the interest rate in the age of the ...
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If a country can just print money, is global debt between countries real?

I was having a conversation with my brother last night and we were trying to figure out how exactly countries go into debt to each other. Say the US borrows money from China. What does this mean? Do ...
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How much control over the Federal Reserve does the U.S. Government have?

Or, in other words: Who does the head of Fed report to? Is the Federal Reserve a private institution? I'm going to be a bit naive here, have just read about how the Fed has been brought to life and ...
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What does the Fed do with the extra money it is printing? [closed]

Last month I read some news about the Fed printing money to devalue the U.S. Dollar compared to other currencies. But what do they do with this extra money?
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The U.S. National Debt: What is it, where did it come from, and how does it work?

I am not from USA. I read few articles about the US National debt but still can't get the sense of it. Could you explain it in simple words? I know that it is huge. I can't understand following ...
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Where do countries / national governments borrow money from? [closed]

It seems that every country on Earth is in debt, but nowhere on the news do they ever mention to who. If countries are all in debt to each other then why not just cancel all the countries debt. If ...
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Do banks keep their reserves at the Fed in cash or can they be kept in US Treasuries?

This chart at the St. Louis Fed has a lot of people worried about future inflation, because it represents idle money that, when lent out, could eventually flood the world with 10 - 12 trillion new ...
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Is inflation a good or bad thing? Why do governments want some inflation?

Is inflation a good or bad thing? Why do governments want some inflation?
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How does the concept of negative interest rates work? Are there any examples of this?

This term has been proposed in economics, what exactly is it? I thought interest rates never fall below zero. How would this work? Wouldn't it actually be a penalty to depositor/investor or a bonus ...