Will the Fed have inflationary results before dousing the economy with higher rates?
*Bloomberg, by Joshua Zumbrun, Jeff Kearns & Steve Matthews, June 27, 2013
Fed Officials Intensify Effort to Curb Surge in Interest Rates
”Federal Reserve officials intensified efforts to curb a growth-threatening rise in long-term interest rates, seeking to clarify comments by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke that triggered turmoil in global financial markets.
William C. Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said yesterday any decision to reduce the pace of asset purchases wouldn’t represent a withdrawal of stimulus, and that an increase in the Fed’s benchmark interest rate is ‘very likely to be a long way off.’ He said bond purchases could be prolonged if economic performance fails to meet the Fed’s forecasts.
Concerns the Fed may curtail accommodation helped push the yield on the 10-year Treasury note as high as 2.61 percent this week from as low as 1.63 percent in May. The remarks by Dudley, who also serves as vice chairman of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee, along with Fed Governor Jerome Powell and Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart sought to damp expectations that an increase in the benchmark interest rate will come sooner than previously forecast.”
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