A blind guide dog

01/08/2014 by socialistfight

Michael Roberts Blog

‘Forward guidance’ is the central bank buzz-word.  Three of the top four central banks in the world have now officially adopted it.  And the fourth has already made it very clear where its monetary policy is going.  Forward guidance is an attempt by the leading central banks to indicate more clearly what monetary policy will be for a reasonable period ahead along with the conditions for sustaining it. It aims to allow households, businesses and financial markets to know what to expect in central bank base rates for the foreseeable future.  In the current environment of low growth, high unemployment and an overhang of capacity, central bankers hope that forward guidance will exert downward pressure on long-term interest rates as economies recover.

Following their December 2012 meeting, US Federal Reserve policymakers announced their new policy of ‘forward guidance’. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said it forecast that a target…

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