Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, said his outlook for the U.S. economy has improved this year despite the recent Covid-19 outbreaks associated with the Delta variant, and he expects strong hiring to allow the central bank to soon begin reversing the extremely accommodative monetary policy adopted at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Fed could be in a position to start reducing its $120 billion in monthly asset purchases this fall and, if strong economic growth continues, the Fed might be able to end those purchases toward the middle of 2022, Mr. Rosengren said in an interview on Thursday, August 12.
Here is a partial transcript of the interview, lightly edited for clarity and length.
NICK TIMIRAOS, The Wall Street Journal: Can you walk me through how your outlook for the economy and for policy changed since March of this year?
ERIC ROSENGREN, Boston Fed: So it’s…