More Punch, Less Bowl: Fed To Keep Rates Low For Long Time To Come
Newly-minted Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has been hovering around the punch bowl of late. Since the 2008 financial crisis, a zero interest-rate policy and quantitative easing have stimulated modest economic growth. Now nearly six years in, as the economy picks up a touch, the world watches, speculating when Yellen will surprise the party by taking the punch bowl away. Forecasters have begun issuing expectations that the U.S. economy will start gaining speed after a sluggish winter. Conventional market wisdom anticipates the economic recovery to build greater momentum over the year, pushing the Federal Reserve to take action and raise rates.
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