Those Soaring Food And Gas Prices? The Fed Has A Name For Them: "Noise"
Don't worry about the surging food and gas prices you face each and every day... Janet Yellen says "it's just noise" and is actually "evolving exactly as they expected." It is this kind of mind-blowingly ignorant of the facts statement that has the central banks of the world losing more and more credibility (just take a look at the dot plot's 0.5 to 4.25% rate expectations for 2015). The following exchange between Yellen and Liesman is simply priceless in its ignorance.
This looks like a trend to us...
But no - The Fed says its transitory and exactly what they expected...
There's every reason to expect, Madam Chair, that the PCE inflation rate, which is followed by the Fed, looks likely to exceed your 2016 consensus forecast next week. Does this suggest that the Federal Reserve is behind the curve on inflation? And what tolerance is there for higher inflation at the Federal Reserve? And if it's above the 2 percent target, then how is that not kind of blowing through a target the same way you blew through the 6.5 percent unemployment target, in that they become these soft targets? Thanks.
So I think recent readings on, for example, the CPI index have been a bit on the high side, but I think it's -- the data that we're seeing is noisy. [ZH: What noise?]
I think it's important to remember that, broadly speaking, inflation is evolving in line with the committee's expectations.
The committee has expected a gradual return in inflation toward its 2 percent objective. [ZH - It's already there!!!!!] And I think the recent evidence we have seen, abstracting from the noise, suggests that we are moving back gradually over time toward our 2 percent objective and I see things roughly in line with where we expected inflation to be.
I think if you look at the SEP projections that were submitted this time, you see very little change in inflation projections of the committee. [ZH: Because you are all ignorant!!]
Still believe The Fed has inflation all under control?
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