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Quantitative easing

Quantitative easing is one strategy used by central banks to help lower interest rates and boost the economy.

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Many Americans became familiar with the term quantitative easing in late 2010, when the nickname "QE2" came into play to describe a second round of quantitative easing by the Fed. This strategy involved the Fed's buying $600 billion worth of Treasuries as a way to put more money into the economy.

Critics argue this amounts to printing money and could spur inflation.

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