No surprise: Federal Reserve decides against tapering

The Federal Reserve just released its FOMC statement for it October meeting, noting that the Fed will continue its bond-buying stimulus program despite signs that the economy is improving. This was universally expected, especially in view of  upcoming budget and debt-limit showdowns in Congress.

” … the Committee decided to await more evidence that progress will be sustained before adjusting the pace of its purchases. Accordingly, the Committee decided to continue purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month and longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion per month. The Committee is maintaining its existing policy 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.

“Taken together, these actions should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative, which in turn should promote a stronger economic recovery and help to ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate. “

The Fed also noted that the current rate of inflation (just 1.2% over the last 12 months) is below its target of 2%.

“The Committee recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2 percent objective could pose risks to economic performance, but it anticipates that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term.”

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