Redacted Version of the July 2014 FOMC Statement by David Merkel, CFA of The Aleph Blog

FOMC Fed FOMC Transcript 2008

June 2014 July 2014 Comments
Information received since the FOMC met in April indicates that growth in economic activity has rebounded in recent months. Information received since the FOMC met in June indicates that growth in economic activity rebounded in the second quarter. This is another overestimate by the FOMC.
Labor market indicators generally showed further improvement. The unemployment rate, though lower, remains elevated. Labor market conditions improved, with the unemployment rate declining further. However, a range of labor market indicators suggests that there remains significant underutilization of labor resources. More people working some amount of time, but many discouraged workers, part-time workers, lower paid positions, etc.
Household spending appears to be rising moderately and business fixed investment resumed its advance, while the recovery in the housing sector remained slow. Household spending appears to be rising moderately and business fixed investment is advancing, while the recovery in the housing sector remains slow. No real change
Fiscal policy is restraining economic growth, although the extent of restraint is diminishing. Fiscal policy is restraining economic growth, although the extent of restraint is diminishing. No change.  Funny that they don’t call their tapering a “restraint.”
Inflation has been running below the Committee’s longer-run objective, but longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable. Inflation has moved somewhat closer to FOMC’s longer-run objective. Longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable. Finally notes that inflation has risen.  TIPS are showing slightly higher inflation expectations since the last meeting. 5y forward 5y inflation implied from TIPS is near 2.60%, up 0.14% from June.
Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. Consistent with its statutory mandate, FOMC seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. No change. Any time they mention the “statutory mandate,” it is to excuse bad policy.
FOMC expects that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labor market conditions will continue to improve gradually, moving toward those the Committee judges consistent with its dual mandate. FOMC expects that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, with labor market indicators and inflation moving toward levels FOMC judges consistent with its dual mandate. Adds in inflation, also changes measure of the labor market to broaden it from “conditions” to “indicators,” not that that will help much.They can’t truly affect the labor markets in any effective way.
FOMC sees the risks to the outlook for the economy and the labor market as nearly balanced. The Committee recognizes that inflation persistently below its 2 percent objective could pose risks to economic performance, and it is monitoring inflation developments carefully for evidence that inflation will move back toward its objective over the medium term. FOMC sees the risks to the outlook for economic activity and the labor market as nearly balanced and judges that the likelihood of inflation running persistently below 2 percent has diminished somewhat. CPI is at 2.1% now, yoy.  They shade up their view on inflation’s amount and persistence.
FOMC currently judges that there is sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing improvement in labor market conditions. FOMC currently judges that there is sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing improvement in labor market conditions. No change.
In light of the cumulative progress toward maximum employment and the improvement in the outlook for labor market conditions since the inception of the current asset purchase program, FOMC decided to make a further measured reduction in the pace of its asset purchases. Beginning in July, the Committee will add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $15 billion per month rather than $20 billion per month, and will add to its holdings of longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $20 billion per month rather than $25 billion per month. In light of the cumulative progress toward maximum employment and the improvement in the outlook for labor market conditions since the inception of the current asset purchase program, FOMC decided to make a further measured reduction in the pace of its asset purchases. Beginning in August, the Committee will add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $10 billion per month rather than $15 billion per month, and will add to its holdings of longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $15 billion per month rather than $20 billion per month. Reduces the purchase rate by $5 billion each on Treasuries and MBS.  No big deal.
FOMC is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. FOMC is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. No change
The Committee’s sizable and still-increasing holdings of longer-term securities should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative, which in turn should promote a stronger economic recovery and help to ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate. FOMC’s sizable and still-increasing holdings of longer-term securities should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative, which in turn should promote a stronger economic recovery and help to ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with the Committee’s dual mandate. No change.  But it has almost no impact on interest rates on the long end, which are rallying into a weakening global economy.
FOMC will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments in coming months and will continue its purchases of Treasury and agency mortgage-backed securities, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate, until the outlook for the labor market has improved substantially in a context of price stability. FOMC will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments in coming months and will continue its purchases of Treasury and agency mortgage-backed securities, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate, until the outlook for the labor market has improved substantially in a context of price stability. No change. Useless paragraph.
If incoming information broadly supports FOMC’s expectation of ongoing improvement in labor market conditions and inflation moving back toward its longer-run objective, the Committee will likely reduce the pace of asset purchases in further measured steps at future meetings. If incoming information broadly supports FOMC’s expectation of ongoing improvement in labor market conditions and inflation moving back toward its longer-run objective, the Committee will likely reduce the pace of asset purchases in further measured steps at future meetings No change.  Says that purchases will likely continue to decline if the economy continues to improve.
However, asset purchases are not on a preset course, and FOMC’s decisions about their pace will remain contingent on the Committee’s outlook for

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