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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Fed Underestimated Debt Impact, Focused on Inflation

August 29 2007
Federal Reserve officials, underestimating the impact of credit-market turmoil, focused at their Aug. 7 meeting on inflation and slowing productivity.

Minutes of the session released yesterday showed that the Fed was intent on securing credibility as an inflation fighter just 18 months into Chairman Ben S. Bernanke's term. Even though the central bank cut the discount rate on Aug. 17, the emphasis on prices forms the backdrop for deliberations next month.


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