Lead currency speculators and institutional insiders have been whispering about the distinct possibility of another surprise discount rate hike. Moreover, the FED is set to end its $3.0 trillion purchase of Mortgage Backed Securities (a.k.a. toxic assets) within the near future, further supporting the view that the US is looking to test the waters with a significant reigning in of the extraordinary quantitative easing programs created at the height of the financial crisis..