Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FOMC Minutes: "Several members indicated that additional monetary policy accommodation could be necessary" if economy slows

by Calculated Risk on 5/16/2012 02:00:00 PM

The Fed's program to "extend the average maturity of its holdings of securities" (aka Operation Twist) is schedule to end in June. Now analysts are looking for clues about the possibility of QE3.

Although there was no discussion of easing alternatives, several members indicated they'd support additional monetary policy accommodation if the economy slows. This was an increase from a "couple" members in the previous meeting.

From the Fed: Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, April 24-25, 2012 . Excerpt:

Several members indicated that additional monetary policy accommodation could be necessary if the economic recovery lost momentum or the downside risks to the forecast became great enough.
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