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Communication challenges

2014 U.S. Monetary Policy Forum, Initiative on Global Markets, The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, February 28, 2014, New York, NY President Charles I. Plosser discusses his views on the FOMC's forward guidance, which seeks to inform the public about the future path of monetary policy. He discusses why the FOMC should revamp its forward guidance as the unemployment rate nears the 6.5 percent rate threshold.
Speech , Paper 93

Changes in the Risk-Management Environment for Monetary Policy

In response to the massive challenges presented by the global financial crisis, in late 2007 the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) began a series of large reductions in its traditional policy tool, the overnight interest rate in the federal funds market. By December 2008 the Committee had lowered the target to its effective lower bound (ELB) of 0 to 25 basis points.1 Later, in an attempt to provide additional monetary stimulus, the FOMC implemented nontraditional policy tools, such as large-scale asset purchases and forward guidance about how long the fed funds rate would stay at very low ...
Chicago Fed Letter

How Do We Measure Inflation?

One goal of monetary policy is price stability, which requires a measure of prices over time. The gold standard maintained the stability of one price, that of gold. Today, we need to consider a broad array of prices. The Federal Reserve?s policymaking body, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), uses the personal consumption expenditures (PCE) deflator as its index of prices. But what is it, and why does the Fed consider this measure the most suitable?
Chicago Fed Letter

Federal Reserve Asset Purchases: The Pandemic Response and Considerations Ahead

Remarks at New York University’s Stern School of Business (delivered via videoconference)As prepared for delivery.

Recent Declines in the Fed’s Longer-Run Economic Projections

This Chicago Fed Letter investigates the evolution of longer-run economic projections made by participants of the Federal Reserve?s monetary policy committee, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), in its Summary of Economic Projections (SEP), and by the private sector. Over the past few years, the FOMC?s longer-run projections for economic growth, unemployment, and the federal funds rate have fallen quite dramatically. We verify that these views are shared by the private sector and show that the declines are not unprecedented in magnitude, but the projections have reached historical lows. ...
Chicago Fed Letter

Journal Article
Did Communicating a Numerical Inflation Target Anchor U.S. Inflation Expectations?

Macro Bulletin

Monetary Policy Implementation: Adapting to a New Environment

Remarks before the Money Marketeers of New York University (delivered via videoconference).

Comments to the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum

Remarks by Charles L. Evans President and Chief Executive Officer Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago U.S. Monetary Policy Forum University Club of New York New York, New York
Speech , Paper 16

Journal Article
When Normalizing Monetary Policy, the Order of Operations Matters

As economic conditions in the United States continue to improve, the FOMC may consider normalizing monetary policy. Whether the FOMC reduces the balance sheet before raising the federal funds rate (or vice versa) may affect the shape of the yield curve, with consequences for financial institutions. Drawing lessons from the previous normalization in 2015–19, we conclude that normalizing the balance sheet before raising the funds rate might forestall yield curve inversion and, in turn, support economic stability.
Economic Bulletin , Issue October 14, 2021 , Pages 4

LIBOR: The Clock Is Ticking

Remarks at the 2019 U.S. Treasury Market Conference, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York City.



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