Financial-market bubbles are proving a more pressing threat than inflation to Federal Reserve officials who’ve bought trillions of dollars in bonds and kept the target for short-term interest rates near zero since 2008.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke ’s testimony to Congress shows concern over deflation, according to Marvin Goodfriend , an economist at Carnegie Mellon University and a former Richmond Fed policy adviser.
Folks who have a vivid recollection of the Great Inflation of the 1970s must wonder why anyone would wish even a trace of that upon future generations. Yet that seems to be the risk some economists are willing to take.
The Federal Reserve should wait for more evidence the economy is slowing before starting a third round of quantitative easing, or QE3, according to Marvin Goodfriend, a former Richmond Fed policy adviser.
Ever since the U.S. Federal Reserve lowered its benchmark rate almost to zero and embarked on a series of large-scale asset purchases, Chairman Ben Bernanke has been using his pulpit to explain how it all is supposed to work.
The Federal Reserve appears to be backing away from its commitment to keep inflation at 2 percent with its plan to buy mortgage-backed securities until employment improves, two former Fed officials said.
Ben S. Bernanke for the first time pledged that the Federal Reserve will buy bonds until the economy gets closer to his goals, cementing his place as the Fed’s most innovative chairman and signaling the battle against unemployment eclipses any concerns about inflation for now.