Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida reiterated that looking ahead, “monetary policy is not on a preset course”. FOMC will “proceed on a meeting-by-meeting basis to assess the economic outlook as well as the risks to the outlook.” Also, Fed will “act as appropriate to sustain growth and achieve dual mandate.
Clarida also repeated that the economy is “in a good place” and the “baseline outlook is favorable”. But the economy “confronts some evident risks”. In particular, he noted, ” Business fixed investment has slowed notably since last year, exports are contracting on a year-over-year basis, and indicators of manufacturing activity are weakening. Global growth estimates continue to be marked down, and global disinflationary pressures cloud the outlook for U.S. inflation.”