If gross domestic product (GDP) grows at a faster pace, the Fed can slow down its purchases. If GDP slows once again, the Fed has the option of picking up its bond-buying pace and amounts.
 
The flexibility works both ways. Several Fed officials at the December meeting stated a desired
target of ending the bond-buying programs by the end of 2013.
 
Although Wall Street has been disappointed with various economic reports during the recovery, the Fed may have positioned itself to act quickly if inflationary pressures build.

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