Forecasting in the current environment is perilous, but here are some key things to watch.
If more quantitative easing does not come to pass, it will certainly not be the end of the world.
Look for slow and hesitant growth, but there are issues that must be resolved first.
This plateau makes for a great deal of apprehension and may have to be proven wrong before investors re-engage.
QE2 was just the pregame. Now it gets interesting for the Fed.
Quantitative easing is hardly the only step we can take to keep the recovery moving in the right direction.
Without fiscal policy prudence, the Fed must keep scrambling for some magic economy-fixing elixir.
Consumers are figuring out how to pay down debt and get back on solid ground.
European governments aren't the only ones with debt problems. State and local governments in the U.S. are ticking debt time bombs.
Consumer spending has made a remarkable comeback. But what happens next year is an open question.