Fed officials say they see a pullback in stimulus even with inflation cooling

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At least three Federal Reserve officials said Monday they are ready to pull back on stimulus even though they don't see a threat from inflation.Speaking at separate engagements, Fed Governor Lael Brainard and regional presidents John Williams of New York and Charles Evans of Chicago all expressed comfort with the first phase of policy tightening – a gradual pullback on the monthly bond-buying that has provided support for markets and the economy."I think it's clear that we have made substantial further progress on achieving our inflation goal. There has also been very good progress toward maximum employment," Williams told the Economic Club of New York. "Assuming the economy continues to improve as I anticipate, a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may soon be warranted."They stressed, however, that the move, known as tapering, isn't providing any signal about looming interest rate hikes."The forward guidance on maximum employment and average inflation sets a much hig
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