A worker at a factory in the US which is doing well financially
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US Federal Reserve showing signs of economic recovery

18 December 2013 Last updated at 11:22 GMT

The US Federal Reserve has been pumping an extra $85bn per month into the economy in an attempt to keep long-term borrowing costs low and help firms and families recover from a deep recession.

But recently it signalled that it would soon be time to start cutting back on that extra help, indicating that the economy may be on the mend.

Michelle Fleury reports.