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Donald Kohn Boldly Predicts That The Fed Will Do Nothing This Week

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“I think I would wait, but it’s a close call,” he said Friday during a question-and-answer session with The Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel at a George Washington University conference on the Fed….

The Fed will meet Tuesday and Wednesday. Investors are unsure the bank will use the occasion to begin dialing down its current $85 billion-a-month purchases of mortgage and Treasury bonds.

Mr. Kohn’s remarks could be parsed closely in the markets because he worked closely for many years with the Fed’s top leaders and knows well how they think about policy decisions.

Former Fed. No. 2 Kohn Says He Would Wait Until 2014 to Taper [WSJ Real Time Economics blog]