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Markets Are Poorly Served by Fed Communication Strategy

  • Over time, FOMC statements have grown longer and more complex, increasing from around 200 words each during the 1990s to nearly 1,000 words apiece last year.
  • Under current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, statement length has dropped somewhat, but remains significantly longer than a decade ago.
  • Given that recent FOMC statements have caused some amount of market volatility, the Fed would do best to consider revising and streamlining its communications strategy.
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Sources: The Federal Reserve, Milken Institute.

Markets Are Poorly Served by Fed Communication Strategy

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