The door is still ajar for QE3

Author: Jamie Coleman | Category: Central Banks

While saying the Fed will end the present QE2 program in June, the FOMC did not slam the door on any notion of QE3…It left itself a great deal of rhetorical wiggle room, which is being seized on by dollar bears and inflation bulls.

To promote a stronger pace of economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with its mandate, the Committee decided today to continue expanding its holdings of securities as announced in November.  In particular, the Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its securities holdings and will complete purchases of $600 billion of longer-term Treasury securities by the end of the current quarter.  The Committee will regularly review the size and composition of its securities holdings in light of incoming information and is prepared to adjust those holdings as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability.

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