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No QE3 Yet!

The Federal Reserve did not launch a third round of quantitative easing (QE3) at its Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting today, but did extend the timeframe for near-zero interest rates from mid-2013 to late-2014.

In addition, the tone of the Fed statement was a bit more dovish than that from last month’s meeting. Specifically, the latest statement said that “the Committee expects to maintain a highly accommodative stance for monetary policy” – which was language not included in the prior statement.

Another key difference was that the one dissenting vote came from a hawkish rather than dovish member. Last month, Charles Evans dissented because he supported “additional policy accommodation.” This time, Jeffrey Lacker “preferred to omit the description of the time period over which economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate.”

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold his third-ever post-FOMC press conference at 2:15pm ET today.

Following the release of the Fed statement, gold futures turned sharply higher. The yellow metal had already pared its losses by climbing back from $1,649.20 to $1,658 prior to the announcement, and subsequently rallied above $1,670 per ounce.

Gold shares bounced back as well, with the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) recovering from earlier losses to trade higher by $0.43, or 0.8%, at $52.25 per share.

The rebound in gold coincided with a move lower in the U.S. dollar, which relinquished its gains against a basket of foreign currencies.


Daniel Milstein January 26, 2012 at 6:33 PM  

That is true. As an author and business man, I can relate to how you said, ". In addition, the tone of the Fed statement was a bit more dovish than that from last month’s meeting". I hope more people discover your blog because you really know what you're talking about. Can't wait to read more from you!

Durian Edge January 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM  

Thanks for your support.

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