The FOMC statement, as revised:
Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in
JuneAugust suggests that economic activity is leveling outhas picked up following its severe downturn. Conditions in financial markets have improved further in recent weeks, and activity in the housing sector has increased. Household spending has continued to show signs of stabilizingseems to be stabilizing, but remains constrained by ongoing job losses, sluggish income growth, lower housing wealth, and tight credit. Businesses are still cutting back on fixed investment and staffing but are making, though at a slower pace; they continue to make progress in bringing inventory stocks into better alignment with sales. Although economic activity is likely to remain weak for a time, the Committee continues to anticipateanticipates that policy actions to stabilize financial markets and institutions, fiscal and monetary stimulus, and market forces will contribute tosupport a strengthening of economic growth and a gradual resumption of sustainable economic growthreturn to higher levels of resource utilization in a context of price stability.
The prices of energy and other commodities have risen of late. However,With substantial resource slack is likelylikely to continue to dampen cost pressures , andand with longer-term inflation expectations stable, the Committee expects that inflation will remain subdued for some time.
In these circumstances, the Federal Reserve will
employ all availablecontinue to employ a wide range of tools to promote economic recovery and to preserve price stability. The Committee will maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and continues to anticipate that economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period. As previously announced, toTo provide support to mortgage lending and housing markets and to improve overall conditions in private credit markets, the Federal Reserve will purchase a total of up to$1.25 trillion of agency mortgage-backed securities and up to $200 billion of agency debt by the end of the year. In addition, the Federal Reserve is in the process of buying $300 billion of Treasury securities. ToThe Committee will gradually slow the pace of these purchases in order to promote a smooth transition in markets as these purchasesand anticipates that they will be executed by the end of the first quarter of 2010. As previously announced, the Federal Reserve's purchases of $300 billion of Treasury securities are completed, the Committee has decided to gradually slow the pace of these transactions and anticipates that the full amount will be purchasedwill be completed by the end of October .2009. The Committee will continue to evaluate the timing and overall amounts of its purchases of securities in light of the evolving economic outlook and conditions in financial markets. The Federal Reserve is monitoring the size and composition of its balance sheet and will make adjustments to its credit and liquidity programs as warranted.
Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Elizabeth A. Duke; Charles L. Evans; Donald L. Kohn; Jeffrey M. Lacker; Dennis P. Lockhart; Daniel K. Tarullo; Kevin M. Warsh; and Janet L. Yellen.Possibly moved phrases:
gradually slow the pace of these
by the end of the