Brian Sack, head of the Fed's Open Market Manipulation and Intervention Group, speaks. In a presentation he has given in Newport Beach, presumably so that he is close enough to Bill Gross so that Pimco does not even need to leave a trace in calling up the FRBNY, he tells those who care to buy, buy, buy. Well, that's reading between the lines. What he says on the surface is that asset purchasing is an "imperfect policy tool", and yes, he should know - especially as pertain to Amazon and Netflix. He follows by stating that any Fed asset purchase plan should be flexible, while warning that it is difficult to "calibrate" cost, benefit of Fed purchases. Of course, according to him more asset purchases are "unlikely to complicate Fed's exit" - any why would they: there will be no exit at $2.5 trillion, who is idiotic enough to think the Fed will be able to exit at $4, $40 or infinity... Lastly, in a bid to avoid the unemployment line, Sacks says that asset purchases seem to improve financial conditions, and that the economy is "vulnerable to downside surprises." Luckily, as the WGC pointed out earlier, buying gold is the perfect hedge to protect against more Bryan Sack fat finger-type events.
In my view, the evidence suggests that the expansion of the securities portfolio to date has helped to foster more accommodative financial conditions, and further expansion would likely provide additional accommodation. Of course, whether the FOMC decides to take such a step will be determined by its assessment of whether the benefits of additional policy stimulus outweigh the perceived costs of expanding the balance sheet.