Salient to Investors:

Jeffrey Lacker at FRB of Richmond said:

  • The Fed is not close to tapering QE and expects 2 more years of sluggish growth, and 2.25 percent growth in 2014.
  • The Fed will not alter their guidance about tapering based on GDP, focusing instead on jobs.
  • Markets are better aligned now with the FOMC’s expectations.
  • Recent low inflation are temporary and price increases will pick up.
  • Structural factors in the labor market affect particularly labor force participation

Narayana Kocherlakota at FRB of Minneapolis said unemployment won’t fall below 7 percent until half2 2014., and recommends QE at least until unemployment is below 7 percent.

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