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FED'S ROSENGREN: Reducing Easy Monetary Policy Should Be 'Very Slow' And Last 'Several Years'

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Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said the central bank should reduce the pace of its bond-buying program very slowly over the next few years only when the economic data begins to meet Fed expectations.

Rosengren is known to be one of the more "dovish" Fed presidents, meaning in favor of accommodative monetary policy.

In a speech in Burlington, Vermont, Rosengren said "disappointing" economic data, a looming government shutdown, and the spike in long-term interest rates made it " premature to begin reducing the rate of Fed asset purchases" in September.

He said he was in full support of the central bank's decision to not taper quantitative easing, a move that stunned markets.

"If the economy evolves as expected, policy should in my  view include only a very slow removal of accommodation over  the next several years,” Rosengren said. The move “should only occur when  the data ratify our forecast for an improvement in real GDP  and employment."

Reducing accommodation prematurely would " risk slowing the sectors of the  economy that have shown the greatest strength – the interest-sensitive sectors that have  been most responsive to policy actions," Rosengren said.

Read the whole speech at the Boston Fed's website.

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