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What’s In The Fed Minutes?

The minutes from the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) most recent policy meeting sent a message to markets that it would continue its gradual pace for hiking interest rates as it continues to navigate the challenging process of policy normalization it started in December 2013, when it announced it would start tapering bond purchases.

Minutes from the April FOMC meeting will be published today (Wednesday) afternoon. Here’s what to look for in the highly anticipated release. We already know the Fed did not raise rates during.

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Doug Short: With this afternoon’s release of the FOMC minutes and Chairman Bernanke’s press conference on tap, I’ve updated the charts below through yesterday’s close. The yield on the 10-year was at.

*fed minutes note modest inflation overshoot ` could be helpful’ In other words, yet more of the schizophrenic Fed we know so well, which will "hike soon", but is willing to let inflation. Another hot-button topic is the Fed’s forward guidance language, which is included in the FOMC policy statement.

The minutes note that all FOMC participants agreed to the balance sheet reduction program, which was described in more detail in an update to the Fed’s Policy Normalization Principles and Plans following the June policy meeting. In sum, the program suggests that the Fed will limit the reinvestment of the principal of maturing assets on its balance sheet through a series of monthly caps.

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The minutes from the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) most recent policy meeting sent a message to markets that it would continue its gradual pace for hiking interest rates as it continues to navigate the challenging process of policy normalization it started in December 2013, when it announced it would start tapering bond purchases.

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The Fed’s pattern of providing ample liquidity resulted in the investor perception of put protection on asset prices. Investors increasingly believed that in a crisis or downturn, the Fed would step in and inject liquidity until the problem got better.

What the FOMC Does. Although the FOMC sets a target for the fed funds rate, banks actually set the rate itself. The Fed pressures banks to conform to its target with its open market operations. The Fed purchases securities, usually Treasury notes, from member banks. When the Fed want the rate to fall, it buys securities from banks.