The economy is close to the Federal Reserve’s employment and inflation goals, so now is a good time to consider how to keep it running smoothly in the future. This is the focus of the 2019 Fed Listens program, including a San Francisco Fed event on September 26 to discuss managing a hot economy.
In light of the continuing economic expansion, it is relevant to ask how likely it is for the lower bound on interest rates to again become a constraint on monetary policy. Analysis using several different approaches suggests that there currently appears to be a low risk of the economy returning to the zero lower bound for at least the next several years.
Christian Westleigh served as a cryptographic linguist in signals intelligence with the United States Marines. He holds a Master's degree in emergency management and homeland security. And he's a police lieutenant at our Phoenix cash processing center.
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