On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced it will cut its bond-buying program by $10 billion starting January.
In its statement, the Fed cited stronger labor market conditions as a primary factor in the decision. The announcement may have surprised many investors who were keenly watching the relationship between quantitative easing and inflation.
The Fed began its series of large-scale bond purchases -- known as quantitative easing -- 15 months ago to boost hiring and economic growth. The annoucement today is a major pivot point for one of the Fed's largest monetary policy experiments.