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Fed Watch: Not Rushing To Tighten Monetary Policy Despite Vaccine Prospects

Fed Watch: Not Rushing To Tighten Monetary Policy Despite Vaccine Prospects
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Members of the Federal Open Market Committee were at pains to stick to the updated guidance from their December meeting, linking monetary accommodation not to a timeline but to “substantial further progress” in the Fed’s twin goals of monetary stability and maximum employment.The minutes of the December meeting, released Wednesday, underscored this determination.There had been speculation ahead of the December meeting that the Fed would increase its asset purchases or tilt them to longer maturities.“All participants supported enhancing the committee's guidance on asset purchases at this meeting and, in particular, adopting qualitative, outcome-based guidance indicating that increases in asset holdings would continue,” the minutes recorded.

“If things work out the way I hope they worked out, I would like us to be able to taper asset purchases next year.” Even the moderately hawkish Loretta Mester, head of the Cleveland Fed, is on board.

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