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How does the Fed’s quantitative (un)easing plan work?

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The US Federal Reserve is seen in Washington, DC on August 18, 2022. - US central bankers remain committed to raising interest rates further to quell rising prices, but agreed it would be appropriate to slow the pace of the hikes "at some point," the Federal Reserve said August 17. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Inflation is a global problem, but the Federal Reserve in the U.S. is "the one driving the bus" when it comes to fighting it. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

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The Federal Reserve continued its interest-rate-raising spree today to help curb inflation. The other thing the Fed has been working on is unwinding its “quantitative easing” program. One listener wants to know how that works. We’ll explain. Plus, why can members of Congress buy and sell stocks so freely? Isn’t that a conflict of interest? We’re wondering the same thing.

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