Tag Archive for ‘monetary policy’

Fed Policy, Then and Now

Last week the Federal Reserve released the minutes from the most recent Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting (January 28-29), as well as transcripts from the meetings held in calendar 2008. (Minutes are released 3 weeks after the conclusion of the meetings, transcripts are released for the entire year with a five year lag.) These accounts represent the bookends of… Read More ›

Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Concludes – The Song Remains The Same

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its January meeting, the last meeting with Ben Bernanke as chairmen, and Janet Yellen confirmed as the incoming chairwomen. The change in leadership is expected to have no impact on monetary policy. Bernanke and Yellen have been of one mind throughout the Fed’s extraordinary stimulus program. The statement released to the public following… Read More ›

Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Minutes – A Look Inside The Process

The minutes from the December meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) were released and offer a closer look at the deliberations of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy setting arm. Chairman Ben Bernanke provided a thorough summary of the key decisions and issues in his press conference that followed the December 17-18 meeting (Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Concludes… Read More ›

Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Concludes – The Beginning of the End

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its December meeting and announced that it would begin the much anticipated winding down of its asset purchase program, popularly referred to as tapering QE3. The Fed will reduce purchases from the current $85 billion per month to $75 billon, with the reduction evenly split between Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Beginning… Read More ›

October Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Concludes – Waiting For Good Data

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its October meeting and announced that it would continue the asset purchase program at the current $85 billion per month pace. The committee repeated its consistent message that the purchases would continue until incoming data indicated substantial and sustained improvement in the labor market. The waiting is likely to continue for at least… Read More ›

GDP and FOMC – Two Reports, One Big Surprise

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the advance estimate of real GDP growth for the second quarter of 2013 and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its two day meeting with the release of the traditional statement reporting on the committee’s actions. These two reports have been much anticipated as analysts track the pace of the economic recovery… Read More ›

Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Concludes – Clarifying Tapering Timing

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded its two day meeting, released the usual statement plus meeting participants’ economic projections, and Chairman Ben Bernanke held a press conference. Beyond some nuance tweaking of the language, the statement really was the “usual” statement; economic activity expanding at a moderate pace, labor market conditions improving but an elevated unemployment rate, household and… Read More ›

Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Concludes – No Changes, No Surprises

The statement released following the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) meeting included no changes and no surprises. The assessment of economic conditions was largely the same: moderate expansion of economic activity, advancing household spending and business investment, a strengthening housing sector, and improving labor market conditions but an elevated unemployment rate. Inflation is running below target but inflation expectations remain… Read More ›

Federal Open Market Committee Meeting Concludes – Stay the Course, Good for Housing

The statement published following the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) two day meeting had no surprises. The FOMC noted moderate economic growth, an improving labor market, further strengthening of the housing sector, and household and business investment spending as positives. An elevated unemployment rate and restrictive fiscal policy are concerns. The Fed will continue the current highly accommodative policy stance, keeping… Read More ›