Fed debate about more easing

Fed debate about more easingTwo top Federal Reserve officials are arguing the central bank should consider resuming controversial large-scale mortgage bond purchases for supporting a fragile economic recovery.

Fed Governor Tarullo, in his first speech explicitly on the economic outlook since joining the Fed in 2009, on Thursday said there was “ample room” for policymakers to do more. Tarullo said mortgage bond purchases should be on the table, a sentiment echoed by Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday.

From news.yahoo.com:

Tarullo and Rosengren’s comments mark the first public discussion of the possibility of more mortgage bond purchases, which were a controversial part of the first round of quantitative easing in 2009.

Other Fed officials said on Thursday the Fed’s current policy stance is appropriate.

For his part, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard told reporters that with recent economic data looking better, “monetary policy is appropriately calibrated for this situation.” Cleveland Fed President Sandra Pianalto also said Fed policy actions were “appropriate.”

“There is need, and ample room, for additional measures to increase aggregate demand in the near to medium term, particularly in light of the limited upside risks to inflation over the medium term,” said Tarullo, who as a Fed Governor has a permanent vote on monetary policy.

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