US Fed says bond-buying changes hinge on 'qualitative' call on economy

By Howard Schneider, Jonnelle Marte and Ann Saphir WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Federal Reserve was nearly unanimous in its decision last month to leave its bond-buying program unchanged, but left a wide berth for officials to decide in the future if and when changes should be made, according to minutes of the U.S.

central bank's December policy meeting. "All participants" agreed the Fed should commit to leaving the program in place until there was "substantial further progress" towards its economic goals, and.

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