Monday, January 11, 2010

Fed's Bullard: Focus on Quantitative Monetary Policy

by Bill McBride on 1/11/2010 12:15:00 AM

From Bloomberg: Fed’s Bullard Says Asset-Purchase Adjustments Main Policy Issue (ht MrM)

[St. Louis Fed President] James Bullard said the main challenge for U.S. policy makers will be to adjust the asset-purchase program ...

The Fed should retain flexibility by adopting a “state- contingent” policy that would allow for the adjustment of such purchases as new information becomes available ... He said it was “disappointing” that markets focus more on interest rates instead of the Fed’s quantitative monetary policy.
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“Markets are still thinking of monetary policy strictly as changes in interest rates even though the Fed has been conducting successful policy this past year through quantitative easing,” Bullard said. “Markets should be focusing on quantitative monetary policy rather than interest rate policy.”
It is pretty clear that the Fed will not raise rates any time soon.