Tags: federal reserve | dennis lockhart | quantitative easing

Fed's Lockhart: Central Bank Won't Extend QE2

Friday, 25 Mar 2011 04:24 PM

The U.S. economic recovery is on solid ground, making it unlikely the Federal Reserve will extend its bond-buying stimulus program, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Friday.

Still, growth is still weak enough and inflation is sufficiently low -- despite recent increases in food and energy prices -- to allow policymakers to keep interest rates very low.

"I remain satisfied that the current stance of monetary policy is appropriately calibrated to the current and projected state of the economy," Lockhart told the Bonita/Estero Market Pulse Conference.

The remarks suggested Lockhart and his colleagues at the Fed plan to continue their program of $600 billion in government bond purchases through to its June deadline, but have no plans to extend the program beyond that.

Asked about the chances of another round of quantitative easing, often referred to as QE3, Lockhart said: "It's a high bar."

The Fed earlier this month unanimously decided to forge ahead the $600 billion bond-buying program and reiterated a pledge to keep interest rates, currently near zero, at very low levels for an extended period.

The policy has proved controversial politically, with many Republicans accusing the U.S. central bank of sowing the seeds of future inflation.

Lockhart fought back against the notion that Fed officials exclude inconveniently high costs such as food and energy from their policy calculus.

"Contrary to popular opinion, Federal Reserve officials do actually eat and fill up their gas tanks," Lockhart said.

New York Fed President William Dudley was recently criticized for being insensitive after telling a group in the New York City borough of Queens that while food prices were rising iPads were getting cheaper.

Lockhart said he does not expect a recent uptick in inflation to persist.

He said the U.S. job market has been making gradual strides, but argued that the steep recent drop in the jobless rate -- to 8.9 percent in March from 9.8 percent in November -- was not all good news.

"(It) involved many people leaving the workforce, presumably because they were discouraged," Lockhart said.

 

© 2017 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
StreetTalk
The U.S. economic recovery is on solid ground, making it unlikely the Federal Reserve will extend its bond-buying stimulus program, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Friday. Still, growth is still weak enough and inflation is sufficiently low...
federal reserve,dennis lockhart,quantitative easing
342
2011-24-25
Friday, 25 Mar 2011 04:24 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
MONEYNEWS.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved