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Fischer: Fed Closer to Rate Rises, But Exact Timing Remains Unclear

The Federal Reserve‘s second-in-command said Friday raising rates at some point over the middle of the year isn’t set in stone.
Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer acknowledged broad-based expectations that the Fed will raise rates at either its June or September policy meetings, but added they could easily be foiled.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/27/fischer-says-fed-sees-rate-rise-sometime-this-year/?mod=WSJBlog

Fed’s Lockhart: FOMC Meetings From June Onward Open to Rate Increases

Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart
Bloomberg News

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart continues to cautiously

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/27/feds-lockhart-fomc-meetings-from-june-onward-open-to-rate-increases/?mod=WSJBlog

Why Isn’t the Fed More Worried About Inflation Expectations?

While the Fed has acknowledged the drop in inflation expectations, it has also regularly dismissed its significance, emphasizing instead the stability of survey based measures. 

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/26/why-isnt-the-fed-more-worried-about-inflation-expectations/?mod=WSJBlog

Cleveland Fed’s Mester: Fed’s Focus is the Economy, Not Politics

The Federal Reserve and Chairwoman Janet Yellen make policy decisions based on economics and not politics, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester said Thursday.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/26/cleveland-feds-mester-feds-focus-is-the-economy-not-politics/?mod=WSJBlog

‘Good Deflation’? It Doesn’t Exist

Deflation, narrowly defined, returned to the U.S. in January for the first time since 2009 as consumer prices fell 0.1% from a year earlier. Because this was due to cheaper gasoline, economists were quick to dismiss the significance. Excluding food and energy, “core” prices were still up 1.6% from a year earlier.
But just because the drop in prices is narrowly based and short-lived, it should not be reflexively dismissed as harmless, much less good.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/02/26/good-deflation-it-doesnt-exist/?mod=blogmod
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