Lot goin’ on. First the Fed, then the Cliff.
The Fed has embarked on QE4, or open-ended, or without end. Whatever. Next year the Fed will buy $1 trillion in Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and continue to buy until enough people are back at work, and stop short only if inflation becomes a problem. The buying is designed to keep long-term rates of all kinds low and borrowing cheap, thereby reviving the economy.