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Plosser Says QE3 Risks Fed Credibility, Won’t Boost Jobs

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser said new bond buying announced by the Fed this month probably won't boost growth or hiring and may jeopardize the central bank's credibility.

"We are unlikely to see much benefit to growth or to employment from further asset purchases," Plosser said in a speech today at the district bank in Philadelphia. "Conveying the idea that such action will have a substantive impact on labor markets and the speed of the recovery risks the Fed's credibility."


Charles Plosser said today that central banks can't effectively target employment levels the same way they can guide inflation rates because hiring also depends on variables unrelated to monetary policy, such as technology, education and tax rates. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg
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The Federal Open Market Committee said Sept. 13 that it will undertake a third round of quantitative easing by purchasing mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month until labor markets "improve substantially." Policy makers are using unconventional tools to attack a jobless rate stuck above 8 percent since February 2009.

Economic research indicates that additional asset purchases are "unlikely to reduce long-term interest rates by a significant amount" and that lowering rates "by a few more basis points" won't spur growth and hiring, said Plosser, who doesn't have a vote on policy this year.  

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-25/plosser-says-qe3-risks-fed-credibility-won-t-boost-jobs.html

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