A brief note on the political crisis at the Fed

Note: This post first appeared on Patreon on 2 Jul 2018

I saw a Twitter exchange this morning that reminded me that the Fed is facing a political crisis due to its quantitative easing program. And I think this will limit the Fed's ability to act in the next recession. That adds to the loss of fiscal and monetary policy space I mentioned last week. But since this is 'political', I am going to make my explanation brief.
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Here's the tweet and response.

The Fed thought it could wait until next year to decide key questions that will shape how large a bond portfolio it maintains.
The market may be forcing those discussions sooner: https://t.co/Va7Lta1mnN

— Nick Timiraos (@NickTimiraos) July 1, 2018

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