Fed to Keep Rates Near Zero, Treasury Purchases to Continue, Powell Expects ‘Transitory’ Inflation

Fed to Keep Rates Near Zero, Treasury Purchases to Continue, Powell Expects 'Transitory' Inflation

In a policy meeting on Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve told the public that monetary easing will continue and the benchmark interest rate will be kept near zero. Just like previous statements from Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members, the committee within the central bank is not concerned about inflation and says that it should only have “transitory effects” on the American economy.

Inflation to Have ‘Transitory Effects,’ While ‘Recovery Is Uneven and Far From Complete’

The most recent FOMC meeting held on Wednesday was no different than the past number of committee gatherings which explained that the central bank is still dealing with pressure from the pandemic. A press release that followed the meeting highlighted that the “pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world.”

The Federal Reserve, however, has seen indicators that “economic activity and employment have strengthened,” but Fed Chairman Jerome Powell stressed the recovery is “uneven and far from complete.”

The press release also admits that inflation has increased and states:

The sectors most adversely affected by the pandemic remain weak but have shown improvement. Inflation has risen, largely reflecting transitory factors.

Fed to Keep Rates Near Zero, Treasury Purchases to Continue, Powell Expects 'Transitory' Inflation
“Some asset prices are high. You are seeing things in the capital markets that are a bit frothy. That’s a fact. I won’t say it has nothing to do with monetary policy, but it also has a tremendous amount to do with vaccination and reopening of the economy,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said during a press conference held after the FOMC announcement. The National Association of Home Builders has said that since April 2020, lumber costs have spiked 180%. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) spiked 0.2% from February of this year to March 2021 and was 3.3% more than March 2020 statistics.

The FOMC summary notes that financial conditions have stayed “accommodative” because of the measures the central bank has taken. The policies, the Fed believes, have allowed the “flow of credit to U.S. households and businesses.” Powell also noted that inflation could spike in the future and said these “one-time increases in prices are likely to only have transitory effects on inflation.”

“It will take some time before we see substantial further progress,” Powell insisted.

The Wall Street Mega Banks So-Called ‘Strength’

Meanwhile, investigative journalists, Pam and Russ Martens from Wall Street on Parade, published damning evidence against the Fed misleading the public when it comes to the Wall Street mega banks’ so-called “strength.” The Martens say that the scheme the Fed has been pulling in 2020 and into 2021, is the same as the “horror” mega banks pulled in 2008. As Bitcoin.com News has reported in the past, well before Covid-19 made headlines, central banks worldwide invoked massive monetary easing policy changes.

The Federal Reserve led the monetary easing movement and Powell stressed before Congress in 2020 that the mega banks were “a source of strength” to the American economy.

“What caused the Wall Street bank stocks to tank so much worse than the broader market in March 2020 is the same thing that caused the banks to tank much worse than the broader market in 2008 – interconnectivity via derivatives and leverage,” the Martens scathing report details.

The Martens’ data shows that financial incumbents like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley saw heavy losses from the start of 2020 upwards of 40 to 50%. Citigroup had seen losses upwards of 56% and by March 23, 2020.

“These five banks are highly interconnected via derivatives because they have exposure to the same counterparties (the entities on the other side of their trillions of dollars in derivative trades),” the report highlights. “Sophisticated traders on Wall Street understand these risks and want to run from these banks in any crisis situation.”

Fed Will Continue Large-Scale Securities Purchases, Hold Down Near Zero Rates

The U.S. central bank’s FOMC press release further reveals that the bond purchasing will continue alongside the near-zero percent benchmark interest rate. Further, the Fed is sticking to the typical 2% inflation mark as a target to watch closely, and the bank knows it will exceed that rate for a transitory period.

“[The FOMC] decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and expects it will be appropriate to maintain this target range,” the Fed announcement specifications note. The Fed will also increase the amount of Treasury securities the central bank holds.

“In addition, the Federal Reserve will continue to increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $80 billion per month and of agency mortgage‑backed securities by at least $40 billion per month until substantial further progress has been made toward the Committee’s maximum employment and price stability goals,” the FOMC press release concludes.

What do you think about Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s recent statements and the FOMC announcement concerning rates and bond purchases? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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