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How the Fed Can Unwind

by Ramesh Ponnuru & David Beckworth

And its critics can relax

As the Federal Reserve has continued to buy bonds to aid the economic recovery, critics of its actions, and even some supporters, have grown increasingly concerned about what comes after all of this “quantitative easing”: How will the Fed “unwind” its balance sheet — that is, sell off the bonds it has purchased — without harming the economy?

The short answer: Don’t worry about it. The Fed can reverse its actions without wreaking economic damage, especially if it does it at the same time as it announces that it intends to keep nominal income growing at a stable rate.

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