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Let's Take a Look at the Fed Wishy-Washy Taper Drivel of the Day

The minutes of the last Fed FOMC meeting are out. Let's take a look.
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Fed Chair Jerome Powell - El-Erian

Wishy-Washy Taper Drivel 

Inquiring minds are mocking the Minutes of the FOMC Meeting of November 2–3, 2021

  • Some participants suggested that reducing the pace of net asset purchases by more than $15 billion each month could be warranted so that the Committee would be in a better position to make adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, particularly in light of inflation pressures. 
  • Various participants noted that the Committee should be prepared to adjust the pace of asset purchases and raise the target range for the federal funds rate sooner than participants currently anticipated if inflation continued to run higher than levels consistent with the Committee’s objectives. 
  • At the same time, because of the continuing considerable uncertainty about developments in supply chains, production logistics, and the course of the virus, a number of participants stressed that a patient attitude toward incoming data remained appropriate to allow for careful evaluation of evolving supply chain developments and their implications for the labor market and inflation. 
  • That said, participants noted that the Committee would not hesitate to take appropriate actions to address inflation pressures that posed risks to its longer-run price stability and employment objectives.

What a useless, wishy-washy hoot.

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