When Ben Bernanke first announced a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) back in 2012, he indicated that it would not go on forever and most likely end by 2015. Most economists have been talking about the eventual end of this easy credit environment and the ultimate rise of interest rates for the last 18 months. Nevertheless, the markets still acted surprised this past week when the Fed chairman hinted that he may start to slow down the monthly purchases of government bonds. It really is counterintuitive because he was actually providing good news about the economy and future outlook. Click here for more commentary.