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Survey: Most economists back Fed strategy

But some say Bernanke needlessly upset the stock markets

4:12 PM, Jun. 24, 2013
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Most economists surveyed by USA Today say economic growth will not be slowed by the Federal Reserve's market-rattling announcement that it will likely rein in its stimulus this year.

More than 75 percent of the economists surveyed said growth will not be reduced if the Fed begins to pare back its $85 billion in monthly government bond purchases later this year, and then ends them by mid-2014.

That's the road map outlined by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday, assuming the economy and labor market continue to improve and the 7.6 percent unemployment rate falls to 7 percent by the middle of ...

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