BUSINESS
05/10/2011 08:12 am ET Updated Jul 10, 2011

Bernanke's QE2 Has Boosted Lending, Stocks

The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has gained 13.5 percent since the Federal Reserve chairman announced on Nov. 3 the plan to buy Treasuries through its so-called quantitative easing policy. Government bond yields show investors expect consumer prices to rise in line with historical averages. The riskiest companies are obtaining credit at the cheapest borrowing costs ever and Fed data show that commercial and industrial loans outstanding are rising for the first time since 2008.

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