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Fed's Hoenig: More Easing Possible if Economy Stays Weak

Wednesday, 02 Feb 2011 03:40 PM

The Federal Reserve may consider buying more U.S. Treasury securities than planned if U.S. economic data show weakness, Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig told Market News International.

The economy will expand at least 3.5 percent this year, Hoenig said in an interview. He reiterated he would like to “normalize” monetary policy by shrinking the Fed’s balance sheet and raising interest rates, the news service said.

The Kansas City Fed president expressed concern over rising land prices, Market News International said. “I don’t predict bubbles, but we certainly are beginning to see an acceleration of prices in this part of the country that I haven’t seen since the late 70s or early 80s,” he was quoted as saying.

Hoenig lost his vote on monetary policy this year as part of an annual rotation. He favored tighter policy as the lone dissenter in all eight decisions last year.

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