Why the Fed's plans to shrink its balance sheet could get complicated

Jul 12, 2022
The central bank has made its portfolio a key part of monetary policy. But the balance sheet's economic impact isn't entirely clear, experts say.
As the Fed has scooped up assets to carry out quantitative easing, some are asking: At what cost? Above, the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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The Fed started letting some of its mortgage bonds expire in 2017. But then the pandemic hit, and the economy needed help again.
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The Federal Reserve plans to shrink its balance sheet. Here's what that means.

May 3, 2022
The strategy is aimed at tightening credit and easing inflation. Purdue's Cathy Zhang worries about the effects on financial markets.
The Fed's balance sheet includes government and other debt securities the central bank bought to ease credit across the economy. Chair Jerome Powell's focus has changed to easing inflation.
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When it comes to inflation measures, the Federal Reserve prefers the PCE

Apr 29, 2022
For monetary officials, the personal consumption expenditures gauge beats the CPI. A trip to the grocery store helps explain why.
When pressed about fighting inflation, survey participants say they want to hold the line on prices for essentials, says Eric Plutzer of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy. But "those policies require the Congress and the president to work together."
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The Fed will sell some of the bonds it's been buying in an effort to cool the economy

Apr 6, 2022
Selling the Treasury and mortgage-back bonds on its balance sheet helps the central bank raise interest rates.
According to its March meeting minutes, the Federal Reserve will start selling $95 billion worth of bonds per month.
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As PPP funds run dry, small businesses need capital

Jul 29, 2021
There’s still a lot of recovery to go, and financial ground to make up - for small businesses, especially, according to new analysis.
Larger companies initially took advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program, which was intended to offer forgivable loans to smaller businesses.
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Why the Fed is taking longer than other central banks to ease COVID relief

Jun 16, 2021
The Fed has a dual mandate to control inflation as well as unemployment, unlike other central banks.
A view of the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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Mnuchin rejects renewal of some Fed emergency loan programs

Nov 19, 2020
Mnuchin said that he is requesting that the Fed return to Treasury the unused funds appropriated by Congress for operation of the programs.
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Senate blocks Trump Fed nominee Judy Shelton

It seems that Shelton's chances at joining the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors are narrowing.
Judy Shelton, nominee for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors.
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"We recognize it when we make a mistake, and we adjust" — Minneapolis Fed president

Dec 19, 2019
The central bank made a policy U-turn in 2019, cutting interest rates. Neel Kashkari says that's a good thing.
Neel Kashkari testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs in 2008.
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