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FOMC: Balance Sheet Reduction to Begin ‘Soon’

At its meeting that concluded yesterday, the Federal Open Market Committee said it plans to begin “relatively soon” to reduce the Fed’s balance sheet, which is swollen with $4.5 trillion in securities purchased as part of quantitative easing programs between 2008 and 2014. According to a statement from the FOMC released yesterday, the committee said it expects to begin the ...

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Fed to Consider Shrinking Balance Sheet in Coming Months

The Federal Open Market Committee indicated support for continued gradual rate increases in minutes from their June 13-14 meeting. The Committee voted to lift rates 25 basis points in June and signaled one more hike in 2017 in updated projections. The minutes reflected continued division on the timing of shrinking the Fed’s balance sheet, though the Committee expects to begin ...

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Fed Outlines Plans for Swollen Balance Sheet

In addition to the rate hike announced today, the Federal Open Market Committee released a policy statement explaining how it plans to reduce the Fed's balance sheet, which is swollen with securities purchased as part of the quantitative easing programs between 2008 and 2014.

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Fed Raises Rates for Third Time in Six Months

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 1 to 1.25 percent. Like in March, the vote was near unanimous, with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari once again casting the only dissenting vote, wanting to hold rates steady. The projected policy path for the federal ...

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FOMC Articulates Continued Rationale for Gradual Rate Rise Plan

The Federal Open Market Committee yesterday released minutes illuminating its rationale at its May 2-3 meeting for holding the target federal funds rate at 0.75 to 1 percent but sticking to a plan for gradual rate increases throughout the year. The unanimous decision came in light of accelerating economic growth, which followed a notable slowing that prompted the committee to ...

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Fed Holds Rates Steady

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously voted to hold the target range for the federal funds rate steady at 0.75 to 1 percent at their May meeting. The Committee had raised rates by 25 basis points at their previous meeting in March with the expectation of two more rate increases this year. The FOMC recognized that growth in ...

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Report: Trump ‘Very Close’ to Fed Nominations

President Trump is “very close” to nominating a Federal Reserve vice chairman for supervision and another governor to fill a designated seat for an individual with community bank expertise, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who was interviewed with Trump by the Wall Street Journal.

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FOMC Minutes: Shrinking of Balance Sheet Could Begin this Year

Fed officials expressed that they anticipate the reduction of the $4.5 trillion portfolio to begin later this year as interest rates continue to increase, according to the minutes of the meeting released today. “Most participants anticipated that gradual increases in the federal-funds rate would continue and judged that a change in the (Fed’s) reinvestment policy would likely be appropriate later ...

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