Fed stresses ‘patience’ regarding interest rate


BLOOMBERG: The Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cleared up confusion with her statements on Wednesday.

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BLOOMBERG: The Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cleared up confusion with her statements on Wednesday.

Yellen told reporters following a two-day meeting yesterday that the Fed is likely to hold rates near zero at least through the first quarter. She also laid out the economic parameters that would need to be met for liftoff to begin later in the year and said that rates probably would be raised gradually thereafter. They may not return to more normal levels until 2017, she added.

“The statement was a bit clumsy, while I thought Yellen was very clear,” said Eric Green, head of U.S. rates and economic research at TD Securities USA in New York, who formerly worked at the New York Fed. “The second half of the year we are getting higher rates and the market has to price that in.”

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