Fed’s Brainard says the economy is improving but is still ‘far from’ where it needs to be


Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said Wednesday that while the U.S. economic outlook has “brightened considerably,” it remains well away from the central bank’s goals.

“Brighter outlook, but of course our monetary policy forward guidance is premised on outcomes not the outlook, and so it is going to be some time before both employment and inflation have achieved the kinds of outcomes that are in that forward guidance,” Brainard said on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”

She spoke shortly after the Fed released minutes from the March Federal Open Market Committee meeting, during which officials voted unanimously to hold short-term borrowing rates near zero and to continue buying at least $120…


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