Federal Reserve released minutes from the latest FOMC meeting at 7 pm GMT. Officials at that meeting voted to keep benchmark short-term borrowing rates anchored near zero. Here are key takeaways from the document:
- Members said the current pace of purchases was helping keep financial conditions accommodative, they noted that changes could be enacted if necessary.
- Officials also expressed concern about the pace of the economic recovery, noting that growth was still well off the pace before the pandemic began
- Some market participants expected the Committee to eventually lengthen the weighted average maturity of the Federal Reserve's purchases of Treasury securities.
- While participants judged that immediate adjustments to the pace and composition of asset purchases were not necessary, they recognized that circumstances could shift to warrant such adjustments.
- Committee is expected to continue its net asset purchases at the current pace through next year and at a reduced pace in subsequent years