Timing the Fed's interest rate liftoff will be tricky

Labour market slack will provide the Federal Reserve with some indication of when to raise rates, but it must also keep an eye on the vulnerabilities developing in some parts of the financial system.


After more than five years of exceptionally low interest rates, the US Fed is getting closer to the point of managing a liftoff of policy interest rates from close to zero. As of today, liftoff is expected to take place by around mid-2015.


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