BBVA Compass economists predict the Fed will announce tapering of stimulus

  BBVA Compass economists predict the Fed will announce tapering of stimulus

- Federal Reserve policymakers to meet Tuesday and Wednesday

- Bank's economic research team expects modification of Treasury purchases

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2013

HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Investors should be prepared for the
Federal Reserve to announce that it will begin to pull back its bond-buying
program during the closely watched meeting it holds this week at the Fed's
Board of Governors offices in Washington, D.C., BBVA Compass economists
predict in their latest report.

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"We expect the main policy change to be modification of Treasury purchases
from $45 billion to $40 billion" per month, BBVA Compass economist Shushanik
Papanyan wrote in the report.

The purchase of mortgage-backed securities is expected to remain steady at $40
billion monthly, the report says.

The Fed's Open Market Committee meets on Tuesday and Wednesday. At the end of
the meetings, Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a press conference, which will
be closely followed by the financial world for hints about changes to the
Fed's economic policy strategy. Many academics believe the markets have
already priced in a risk from a tapering of stimulus, Papanyan said, but there
could be slight increases in long-term Treasury yields and declines in
equities after the press conference.

Led by BBVA Compass Chief Economist Nathaniel Karp, the bank's six-member
research team analyzes the U.S. economy and Federal Reserve monetary policy.
For their analyses, the economists create models and forecasts for economic
variables such as growth and inflation, as well as for monetary policy and
other industries.

The bank's economic research group also includes Kim Fraser, Jason Frederick,
Boyd Nash-Stacey and Marcial Nava. Follow their work on Twitter

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned
subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global
financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in
Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading
franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its
diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on
technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate
responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial
education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It
operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best
practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More
information about the BBVA Group can be found at

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 688
branches, including 352 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in
California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 21 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass
ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market
share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and
Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small
Business Administration lenders and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model
Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about
BBVA Compass can be found at

Editor's Note:
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, member FDIC.

Video with caption: "BBVA Compass Economist Shushanik Papanyan provides her
Federal Reserve policy outlook." Video available at:


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