Second Fed Governor Proposes Targeting the Short and Long End of the Yield Curve


Two Fed governors now propose targeting the long end of the yield curve if there is another recession.

Targeting yields on longer-term rates gets renewed attention from a second Fed governor. The proposed QE Replacement Mechanism was Last Used in WWII.

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard on Wednesday became the second U.S. central banker to talk about the possibility of targeting longer-term interest rates as a “new” tool to combat the next recession.

Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida floated the idea in a speech earlier this year,and has done research on its use in Japan.

“Once the short-term interest rates we traditionally target have hit zero, we might turn to targeting slightly longer-term interest rates—initially one-year interest rates, for example, and if more stimulus is needed, perhaps moving out the curve to two-year rates,” Brainard said.

“Under this policy, the Fed would stand ready to use its balance sheet to hit the targeted interest rate, but unlike the asset purchases that were undertaken in the recent recession, there would be no specific commitments with regard to purchases of Treasury securities,” she added.

Won't Stop There

Rest assured the target will not stop at 1-year. Think 5-year, then 10-year.

Think Japan.

Brainard and Clarida are worried about the short end of the curve. Negative interest rates did not help the ECB nor Japan.

Then again, pinning the 10-year yield at 0% did not help Japan either.

Lessons Not Learned

  1. Don't meddle
  2. Don't blow bubbles

Central bank group think set in long ago. The only policy in place is "If it doesn't work, do more of it."

The result is easy to spot: bubbles and busts of increasing amplitude over time.

By the way, this talk is indicative of a Fed that is far more concerned about a recession than they want you to believe.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (27)
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We were warned years ago. Now the strategies are getting broken down to tactical plans. Fish heads and rice, here we come.


All this talk and action trying to avoid a recession maybe things are worse than what they tell anyone. Haha. They seem to think they can avoid it forever. It will never be called a resession, or what it really is.


What's this persistent FED chatter? It's not like we're in some existential bubble noone could possibly foresee?


Talk is cheap... Fedspeak... even more so.


we're supposed to be a free market economy yet nobody believes the market should determine the cost of money. whether you believe that we need a fed or not(i believe some functions are legit such as lender of last resort and maintaining stable prices) one thing is clear, this function as promoting growth is not appropriate or necessary. these aren't even elected leaders, more descriptively a bunch of over-confident academics