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What happens when the Fed raises interest rates?

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What happens when the Fed raises interest rates?

David Wessel, Donald Kohn, Joseph E. Gagnon, Julia Coronado, and Jon Faust

The Federal Reserve, which has been holding interest rates near zero since late 2008, is poised to raise them sometime this year, perhaps in September, perhaps in December. What happens when the Fed finally makes its move—to the U.S. economy, to bond and stock markets, to the rest of the world? What should the Fed’s strategy be going forward for raising interest rates? Should it be predictable? Or dependent on data? Should it stick to its vow to move gradually? And what should the Fed do with its $4 trillion bond portfolio? Allow it to shrink gradually? Sell off bonds? Maintain a portfolio bigger than pre-2008 levels? 

On September 3, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings discussed all these questions and more with four experts: Brookings’ Donald Kohn, a former Fed vice chairman; Peterson Institute’s Joseph Gagnon, a former top Fed staffer, Johns Hopkins’s Jon Faust, and Julia Coronado of Graham Capital. David Wessel moderated the discussion. 

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What happens when the Fed raises interest rates?

The Federal Reserve, which has been holding interest rates near zero since late 2008, is poised to raise them sometime this year, perhaps in September, perhaps in December. What happens when the Fed finally makes its move?

Jon Faust

Director, Center for Financial Economics and Louis J. Maccini Professor of Economics - Johns Hopkins University

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