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"Because the Federal Reserve has not previously tightened the stance of policy while holding a large balance sheet, most participants judged that the committee should consider a range of options and be prepared to adjust the mix of its policy tools as warranted," the minutes say.
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The minutes of the April 29 30 meeting show the central bank is shifting its attention from a bond buying stimulus program that is expected to be phased out this year to the challenge of raising interest rates as the economy and inflation accelerate.
The minutes indicate that the Fed made no decisions last month on which options it will choose.
Fed weighs how it will raise interest rates
$55 billion. Yellen recently told Congress she expects the purchases to be halted sometime in the fall.
Since the financial crisis, the Fed has bought more than $3 trillion in government bonds in an effort to inject money into the banking system and lower long term interest rates to stimulate economic activity. Eventually, the securities will come off the Fed's balance sheet as they mature or the central bank sells them but that could take years.
New York Fed chief William Dudley said in a speech Tuesday that reverse repos would put a floor under money market rates.
interest rate to keep their money at the central bank for a longer period.
And "a number" of Fed officials suggested the Fed should provide more information on how long it will maintain its unusually large balance sheet.
Some policymakers said the Fed should better explain its plan to keep interest rates unusually low even after unemployment returns to normal levels, the minutes show. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has said that rates will remain low in part because the deep scars left by the recession may continue to hamper growth.
Meanwhile, many Fed policymakers have predicted the central bank will begin raising its benchmark short term interest rate near zero since the crisis sometime next year. But ensuring that those rate hikes succeed in controlling inflation by triggering increases in bond yields, bank interest rates and other borrowing costs can be challenging with so much cash sloshing around the banking system.
The Fed is weighing several tools to raise interest rates in the broader economy, including increasing the interest the central bank pays banks to park money at the Fed. Fed officials are also considering reverse repurchase agreements, or reverse repos, in which the Fed effectively borrows money from banks overnight at a fixed interest rate to sop cash from the financial system.
With the economy and job market picking up, the Federal Reserve is beginning to study how it will raise interest rates even while the financial system is flush with Fed money, according to Fed meeting minutes released Wednesday.
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