The Federal Reserve will keep buying bonds at a pace of $85 billion a month and said that risks to the economy have decreased.
“The committee sees downside the risks to the outlook for the economy and the labor market as having diminished since the fall,” the Federal Open Market Committee (TREFQE2) said today at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Washington. It repeated that it’s prepared to increase or reduce the pace of purchases depending on the outlook for the job market and inflation.
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is expanding the Fed’s balance sheet toward $4 trillion as he seeks to reduce a jobless rate that stands at 7.6 percent after four years of economic growth. Investor concern that the Fed may soon start to reduce the pace of asset purchases this month pushed 10-year Treasury yields to a 14-month high.
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