Under Bernanke, the Fed has engaged in three rounds of bond buying to support the economy. Its investment portfolio has swollen to a record $3.85 trillion a¿¿ a four-fold increase since the financial crisis struck in 2008.Critics, including Republican lawmakers, argue that all the money the Fed has pumped into the economy is creating bubbles in stocks and perhaps other assets. Eventually, an asset bubble can pop with the same devastating effects that the collapse of the housing bubble produced.
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