Most would put the uncertainty of a Fed tapering announcement near their top of big 2013 unknowns - and some strong data from the US has convinced some Fed watchers that they may start to remove monetary support.
But the discussions over when the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will actually get round to tapering are really dragging on by this point. Given that, Societe Generale's Kit Juckes makes this Christmas wish:
It's not that the Fed tapering would do much to anything (it is priced in, after all). It's just that 2014 will be a much more enjoyable year if we can put this word back in the dictionary and end the taper-torture, avoid further taper-tantrums, and generally, just move on...
Many had expected this whole debate to be over in September, when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said that unemployment was still "well above acceptable levels".
This was just before October's temporary government shutdown, which Bernanke referred to saying that "the extent of restrictive fiscal policies remains unclear, and upcoming fiscal debates may involve additional risks to financial markets and the broader economy."