Beware of Inflation

No one deserves less forecasting credibility than the Fed. Over the last two decades, their macroeconomic forecasts have been among the poorest of any forecasters, despite the fact that they are the only forecasters who know macro policy decisions before they are announced. The Fed’s abysmal forecasting record makes our record look extraordinary, as at least we forecasted a 2009 recession in early 2006. Even as the recession was well under way, the Fed was saying there was no recession. Yet the Fed’s forecasts continue to gain respect.

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