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Ben Bernanke Explains The Thinking Behind Today's Historic Fed Decision

Matthew Boesler

The Federal Reserve just unveiled historic policy measures as a result of its December policy meeting.

The Fed announced QE4 as expected, but it surprised markets by adopting quantitative thresholds tying monetary policy to a 6.5 percent unemployment rate target, as long as inflation stays below 2.5 percent.

Adoption of quantitative thresholds was thought by many to be introduced sometime in 2013.

Below is a record of the press conference Bernanke delivered after the decision and the Q&A that followed.

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