GOLDMAN: QE3 Is Coming This Week

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Goldman’s Jan Hatzius stands by his call…

We expect the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) to ease monetary policy at next week’s scheduled meeting.  Our baseline is a new asset purchase program that involves an expansion of the balance sheet, but an extension of Operation Twist and/or a further lengthening of the short-term interest rate guidance in the FOMC statement beyond the current “late 2014” formulation are also possible.

As for the weak economy, the numbers are really getting down there …

Disappointments across a broad range of indicators this week caused a two-tenths decline
in our GDP tracking estimate for Q2 to 1.6%.  Though the CPI excluding food and energy held
at 2.3% year-on-year, we see increasing signs that core inflation will fall over the next year.  

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