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Fed's dovish turn leaves Wall Street economists mulling taper timing: poll

By Chris Reese NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve's surprise move on Wednesday to postpone the start of the wind down of its monetary stimulus of the U.S. economy has left Wall Street economists puzzled about the central bank's next move. Investors had been expecting the Fed to announce the start of a reduction in its monthly purchases of $85 billion of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities, after comments by Fed chairman Bernanke as early as May this year.

Fed could start to trim asset program in September, say economists: Reuters poll

By Deepti Govind (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve will start trimming its monthly spending on asset purchases before the end of the year, and it could do so as soon as September, a Reuters poll of economists showed on Friday. An overwhelming majority of economists also expect the Fed to stop its current bond-purchases program altogether by June next year, taking Chairman Ben Bernanke at his word after a two-day Fed policy meeting earlier this week.

UPDATE 2-Wall St sees Fed continuing asset purchases through 2013

* To see full poll results go to * 11 of 17 primary dealers see Fed asset purchases into 2014 * Fed expected to buy $1 trln under current stimulus program (Adds a poll respondent) By Chris Reese NEW YORK, March 8 (Reuters) - Wall Street expects the Federal Reserve to continue its program of debt purchases through 2013 in an effort to prop up the economy despite evidence of an improved job market, according to a Reuters poll conducted on Friday.
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