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December 18, 2013 2:56 PM Tapering Arrives

By Ed Kilgore

So far markets haven’t much responded to the long-dreaded announcement by the Federal Reserve Board today that it plans to “taper” stimulative bond-purchasing in January. It is, to be sure, a slow “taper,” from $85 billion to $75 billion. But still, with the economy remaining shaky and fiscal stimulus pretty much off the table, it’s a big move. Let’s hope it’s not accompanied by panic and that Ben Bernanke makes it clear the Fed’s not going all austericratic on us.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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