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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

'Why the Fed Is Likely to Stand Pat This Week'

Tim Duy at Bloomberg:

Why the Fed Is Likely to Stand Pat This Week: What a week it might have been?

Speeches and interviews have made it fairly clear that Federal Reserve officials were building a case to begin normalizing interest rate policy as soon as this month, but they are increasingly wary that a misstep could derail the economy at a time when they perceive a lack of tools to address renewed weakness.

From the policy discussion of the June Federal Open Market Committee meeting:

Another concern related to the risk of premature policy tightening was the limited ability of monetary policy to offset downside shocks to inflation and economic activity when the federal funds rate was near its effective lower bound.

This concern will weigh heavily on the policy discussion as the Fed begins what promises to be a tumultuous two-day meeting this week. While the central bank was likely prepared to raise interest rates this month at the conclusion of the last FOMC meeting, deteriorating global economic conditions and market volatility will likely derail those plans.

Nor is the inflation picture particularly supportive at this juncture. ...[continue]...

    Posted by on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 09:57 AM in Economics, Fed Watch, Monetary Policy | Permalink  Comments (14)


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