What should we expect from the FOMC outcome? Arnab Das answers

What should we expect from the FOMC outcome? Arnab Das answers

“They are not in a position to give forward guidance because we are in many ways such uncharted territory. We have a fairly low unemployment rate below what had been anybody’s estimate of the kind of the natural rate of unemployment and we have a big budget deficit because of various fiscal programmes including subsidies … Read more

Fed says progress made towards conditions for tapering bond buys

Federal Reserve officials indicated they have begun discussing when to tap the brakes on their robust support for the U.S. economy amid an inflation surge, even as the delta variant of the coronavirus poses a increasing threat to growth. The central bank kept the target range for its benchmark policy rate unchanged at zero to … Read more

Fed strengthens view of economy while keeping rates near zero

By Craig Torres Federal Reserve officials strengthened their assessment of the economy on Wednesday and signaled that risks have diminished while leaving their policy interest rate near zero and maintaining a $120 billion monthly pace of asset purchases. “Amid progress on vaccinations and strong policy support, indicators of economic activity and employment have strengthened,” the … Read more

Fed keeps zero-rate outlook, sees inflation bump as short-lived

By Craig Torres Federal Reserve officials continued to project near-zero interest rates at least through 2023, while upgrading their economic outlook to reflect greater optimism over the US recovery from Covid-19 amid a surge in Treasury yields. “Following a moderation in the pace of the recovery, indicators of economic activity and employment have turned up … Read more

US Fed to maintain bond buys until ‘substantial’ economy gains seen

By Craig Torres The Federal Reserve said it will continue to support the economy through massive monetary stimulus until it sees “substantial further progress” in employment and inflation. At their final meeting of a tumultuous year, policy makers led by Chair Jerome Powell voted to maintain monthly bond purchases of at least $120 billion, according … Read more

Fed signals rates will stay near zero for at least three years

By Catarina Saraiva The Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero and signaled it would hold them there through at least 2023 to help the US economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Open Market Committee “expects to maintain an accommodative stance of monetary policy” until it achieves inflation averaging 2% over time and … Read more