FOMC Acknowledges Inflation Concerns, Lunges Forward Into It Anyway

I wouldn't expect the Fed to openly acknowledge that their moronic plan to save the economy by imploding it is causing the commodity "concerns" they recognize but it might be nice to get an acknowledgment all the same.

Anyone surprised by any of this?

Via the Board:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in March indicates that the economic recovery is proceeding at a moderate pace and overall conditions in the labor market are improving gradually. Household spending and business investment in equipment and software continue to expand. However, investment in nonresidential structures is still weak, and the housing sector continues to be depressed. Commodity prices have risen significantly since last summer, and concerns about global supplies of crude oil have contributed to a further increase in oil prices since the Committee met in March. Inflation has picked up in recent months, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable and measures of underlying inflation are still subdued.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The unemployment rate remains elevated, and measures of underlying inflation continue to be somewhat low, relative to levels that the Committee judges to be consistent, over the longer run, with its dual mandate. Increases in the prices of energy and other commodities have pushed up inflation in recent months. The Committee expects these effects to be transitory, but it will pay close attention to the evolution of inflation and inflation expectations. The Committee continues to anticipate a gradual return to higher levels of resource utilization in a context of price stability.

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.

The Committee will maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and continues to anticipate that economic conditions, including low rates of resource utilization, subdued inflation trends, and stable inflation expectations, are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels for the federal funds rate for an extended period.

The Committee will continue to monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and will employ its policy tools as necessary to support the economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at levels consistent with its mandate.

Nothing to see here, move along now.

Wait, there is something to see here, there's that lame Bernanke press conference on its way.

Like a fucking press conference is going to do anything.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


W.C. Varones said...

Post questions for ZB here. This Economist blogger is in the press conference.

Good one, WCV. Here's what I said:

I have some questions for the esteemed Dr Bernanke:

Can you give us the details on the Fed exit strategy you and your Fed colleagues talked up incessantly a year and a half ago but have hardly mentioned since?

Have you accepted that there is no way out but devaluation and is that the policy you and your colleagues are pursuing?

It would seem that the Fed needs unemployment to stay low in order to keep inflation under control, since employed people need money and that money would presumably have to come from the excess reserves banks have been stockpiling, which would of course be inflationary. So that being said, how can you possibly continue pretending to be faithful to the Fed's dual mandate?

errr "high" unemployment.

Anonymous said...

"So that being said, how can you possibly continue pretending to be faithful to the Fed's dual mandate?"

damned if we do and damned if we don't???

"Repealing the 65-year-old mandate of the Fed to combat both inflation and unemployment would return the Federal Reserve to the disastrous policies it followed from 1929 to 1933."