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Fed Announces End of QE3 Asset Purchase Program

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System today announced that its asset purchase program, known as QE3 (quantitative easing) will end this month, citing sufficient economic growth.

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Job Openings at Highest Level Since 2001

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported there were 4.8 million job openings (3.4 percent) nationwide on the last business day in August, which was the highest level of job openings since January 2001.

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Housing, Economy Stuck in Catch 22

Delinquency and foreclosure rates also were much improved. According to Trulia and Black Knight, the national delinquency and foreclosure rate was 74 percent back to normal in August—the same as one quarter ago and up from 56 percent one year ago. Trulia's chief economist, Jed Kolko, said that with the share of mortgage borrowers with negative or near-negative equity dropping, the default rate should continue to drop.

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