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Just when the Federal Reserve thought it was safe to start slowly dialing back its monetary stimulus program, out comes a surprisingly weak December jobs report that raises questions about how sturdy the economy actually is.

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The book is now closed on 2013, and what a year it was for stocks. Now, as we begin a new year, what do we see ahead for the economy and the stock market?

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Signs that the economy was building up momentum led to this week’s decision by the Federal Reserve to trim its monetary stimulus effort. Friday’s final third-quarter GDP numbers told us just how strong that momentum is.

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With a healthier housing market, improving corporate profits and lower unemployment rates, we believe the economy is strengthening, albeit slowly. What do we expect in 2014?

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When the Federal Reserve’s Open Markets Committee meets in Washington on Tuesday and Wednesday, markets will be looking for an answer to that question: Will the Fed finally begin the long-awaited taper of its $85 billion monthly bond purchases, or will action be delayed until early 2014?

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