Fed-speakers have floated various dates for tapering bond purchases. And mind you, the taper talk isn’t the rambling of some unrepentant hawks. Four regional Fed chiefs – all of them middle-of-the road centrists (Kaplan, Bostic, Evans, Harker) have suggested dialing back bond purchases later this year. Opposing them are Vice Chair Clarida and regional Fed bosses Mester and Bullard, who are pushing out tapering to 2022.


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