Text: FOMC Monetary Policy Statement After Nov 1-2 Meeting

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–Sept 21 Statement Follows for Comparison

WASHINGTON (MNI) – The following is the text of the Federal Open
Market Committee’s monetary policy statement released Wednesday. The
statement from the Sept. 21 meeting follows for comparison:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in
September indicates that economic growth strengthened somewhat in the
third quarter, reflecting in part a reversal of the temporary factors
that had weighed on growth earlier in the year. Nonetheless, recent
indicators point to continuing weakness in overall labor market
conditions, and the unemployment rate remains elevated. Household
spending has increased at a somewhat faster pace in recent months.
Business investment in equipment and software has continued to expand,
but investment in nonresidential structures is still weak, and the
housing sector remains depressed. Inflation appears to have moderated
since earlier in the year as prices of energy and some commodities have
declined from their peaks. Longer-term inflation expectations have
remained stable.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to
foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee continues
to expect a moderate pace of economic growth over coming quarters and
consequently anticipates that the unemployment rate will decline only
gradually toward levels that the Committee judges to be consistent with
its dual mandate. Moreover, there are significant downside risks to the
economic outlook, including strains in global financial markets. The
Committee also anticipates that inflation will settle, over coming
quarters, at levels at or below those consistent with the Committee’s
dual mandate as the effects of past energy and other commodity price
increases dissipate further. However, the Committee will continue to pay
close attention to the evolution of inflation and inflation
expectations.

To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that
inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with the dual mandate, the
Committee decided today to continue its program to extend the average
maturity of its holdings of securities as announced in September. The
Committee is maintaining its existing policies of reinvesting principal
payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed
securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over
maturing Treasury securities at auction. The Committee will regularly
review the size and composition of its securities holdings and is
prepared to adjust those holdings as appropriate.

The Committee also decided to keep the target range for the federal
funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that economic
conditions–including low rates of resource utilization and a subdued
outlook for inflation over the medium run–are likely to warrant
exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate at least through
mid-2013.

The Committee will continue to assess the economic outlook in light
of incoming information and is prepared to employ its tools to promote a
stronger economic recovery in a context of price stability.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke,
Chairman; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Elizabeth A. Duke; Richard
W. Fisher; Narayana Kocherlakota; Charles I. Plosser; Sarah Bloom
Raskin; Daniel K. Tarullo; and Janet L. Yellen. Voting against the
action was Charles L. Evans, who supported additional policy
accommodation at this time.

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The following is the FOMC statement released September 21, 2011:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in
August indicates that economic growth remains slow. Recent indicators
point to continuing weakness in overall labor market conditions, and the
unemployment rate remains elevated. Household spending has been
increasing at only a modest pace in recent months despite some recovery
in sales of motor vehicles as supply-chain disruptions eased. Investment
in nonresidential structures is still weak, and the housing sector
remains depressed. However, business investment in equipment and
software continues to expand. Inflation appears to have moderated since
earlier in the year as prices of energy and some commodities have
declined from their peaks. Longer-term inflation expectations have
remained stable.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to
foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee continues
to expect some pickup in the pace of recovery over coming quarters but
anticipates that the unemployment rate will decline only gradually
toward levels that the Committee judges to be consistent with its dual
mandate. Moreover, there are significant downside risks to the economic
outlook, including strains in global financial markets. The Committee
also anticipates that inflation will settle, over coming quarters, at
levels at or below those consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate as
the effects of past energy and other commodity price increases dissipate
further. However, the Committee will continue to pay close attention to
the evolution of inflation and inflation expectations.

To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that
inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with the dual mandate, the
Committee decided today to extend the average maturity of its holdings
of securities. The Committee intends to purchase, by the end of June
2012, $400 billion of Treasury securities with remaining maturities of 6
years to 30 years and to sell an equal amount of Treasury securities
with remaining maturities of 3 years or less. This program should put
downward pressure on longer-term interest rates and help make broader
financial conditions more accommodative. The Committee will regularly
review the size and composition of its securities holdings and is
prepared to adjust those holdings as appropriate.

To help support conditions in mortgage markets, the Committee will
now reinvest principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and
agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities.
In addition, the Committee will maintain its existing policy of rolling
over maturing Treasury securities at auction.

The Committee also decided to keep the target range for the federal
funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that economic
conditions–including low rates of resource utilization and a subdued
outlook for inflation over the medium run–are likely to warrant
exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate at least through
mid-2013.

The Committee discussed the range of policy tools available to
promote a stronger economic recovery in a context of price stability. It
will continue to assess the economic outlook in light of incoming
information and is prepared to employ its tools as appropriate.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke,
Chairman; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Elizabeth A. Duke; Charles
L. Evans; Sarah Bloom Raskin; Daniel K. Tarullo; and Janet L. Yellen.
Voting against the action were Richard W. Fisher, Narayana Kocherlakota,
and Charles I. Plosser, who did not support additional policy
accommodation at this time.

** Market News International Washington Bureau: 202-371-2121 **

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