To drive home his commitment to easy monetary policy and low interest rates in mid-2020, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell declared the Fed was not even “thinking about thinking about raising rates.”
The Fed meets again later this week and, very likely, is still not thinking about thinking about raising rates. But that’s only part of the Fed’s tool kit. Bond purchases are another, and have been running at a pace of $120 billion per month ($80 billion in Treasuries and $40 billion in mortgages). With inflation up, and the economy growing, the Fed is most certainly thinking about how to “taper” this bond buying.