Latest FOMC Minutes Reveal Confusion, No Clear Consensus at the Fed

February 20, 2014

CONFUSION REIGNS AT THE FED

Latest FOMC Minutes Reveals Confusion, No Clear Consensus at the Fed

Latest FOMC Minutes Reveal Confusion, No Clear Consensus at the Fed

Imminent Hike in Interest Rates?… The newly released January FOMC minutes show that some Federal Reserve officials sought to hike the benchmark interest rate (federal funds rate) sometime before mid-2014. Gold and silver reacted negatively to the news of a possible imminent increase in interest rates. After all, a hike in interest rates would support the U.S. dollar. U.S. interest rates have been near zero since the economic crisis began back in 2008.

Steady Tapering Appears On Tap, Maybe… Several FOMC members favored the idea of cutting current QE by $10 billion per meeting. The Fed appears intent on continuing its plan of ending QE3 no later than the end of this year. Of course, future tapering will continue to be dependent up an “improving” economy.

A Shift in Forward Guidance… Until now, the Fed has pointed to a sub-6.5% unemployment rate as a key threshold for slowing monetary stimulus and hiking interest rates. But now that we are closing in on that figure, (currently 6.6%) the Fed is now shifting away from the unemployment rate as a primary indicator. Instead, the Fed will be looking for a variety of figures to guide their decisions, including “financial stability.” (Still no clue what this even means…)

What Jerry Thinks… FTMDaily continues to forecast that the Fed will pause its taper and even increase its bond-buying purchases in the future as the economy hits more rough waters.

According to FTMDaily.com Founder, Jerry Robinson:

“A reading of January’s FOMC Minutes reveals that there is no clear consensus at the Fed over what to do next. Because the Fed is operating in uncharted territory, they are literally making this stuff up as they go. In an economy that is completely shaped by perceptions and confidence in the monetary authorities, such confusion could leave investors running for the exits. Continue to proceed with caution.”

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