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May 30, 2014
May 30, 2014

Fed’s George wants rate hikes, open to big balance sheet

, May 29 (Reuters) – Kansas City Federal
Reserve Bank President Esther George said Thursday she is open
to leaving the U.S. central bank’s balance sheet big even as it
withdraws accommodation, a comment that reveals the extent of
uncertainty at the Fed over future policy.

The Fed’s balance sheet now tops $4 trillion after years of
buying bonds to boost the economy, a policy that George has
opposed for years.

May 30, 2014

U.S. Fed’s George wants rate hikes soon, and not too gradual

, May 29 (Reuters) – A top Federal Reserve
official on Thursday called for the U.S. central bank to raise
interest rates soon after it winds down its bond-buying stimulus
and to raise them more sharply than most of her fellow
policymakers expect.

The Fed is on target to phase out bond-buying completely by
this coming fall. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said short-term
interest rates will stay at their current near-zero level for a
“considerable” time afterward, and will then rise only
gradually.

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U.S. Fed can’t fight inflation on its own, economist says

By Ann Saphir

PALO ALTO Calif. (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve does not have the power to fight inflation on its own, a prominent economist said on Thursday, a conclusion that challenges the very bedrock of current Fed thinking.

“Inflation is always and everywhere a fiscal problem,” declared John Cochrane, a professor at the University of Chicago, speaking at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. “Long-run price stability is a function of the structure of government debt, fiscal promises, and fiscal commitments. The central bank has only a short-run smoothing role, as it did under the gold standard.”

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      "Coverage includes Federal Reserve regional banks, U.S. monetary policy, interest-rate futures markets, and financial exchanges and clearinghouses serving the derivatives marketplace, including CME Group."
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