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Article published September 13, 2012
Fed unveils bold, open-ended steps to aid economy
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve unleashed a series of bold and open-ended steps today designed to stimulate the economy by boosting the stock market and making it cheaper for people to borrow and spend. The Fed said it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds for as long as it deems necessary to make home buying more affordable. It plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows through mid-2015 — six months longer than previously planned. And it’s ready to try other stimulative measures if hiring doesn’t pick up. The actions come a week after the European Central Bank announced its most ambitious plan yet to ease Europe’s financial crisis by buying unlimited amounts of government bonds to help countries manage their debts.