The Federal Reserve is being engulfed by the one thing it tries to prevent: uncertainty.
Will the Fed take its first step tomorrow toward reducing the extraordinary stimulus it's given the U.S. economy?
Will its eventual pullback jolt the financial markets?
Who will fill several expected vacancies on the Fed's policy board next year?
And, with Lawrence Summers' withdrawal from consideration, who will lead the Fed once Ben Bernanke's term expires in January, ending one of the most tumultuous chapters in the Fed's 100-year history?
Uncertainty tends to rattle investors. Starting this week, the Fed may begin to supply the answers the financial markets are looking for.
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