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Fed Leaves Gradualism Behind With Urgency on Rates, Assets

  • Officials want to start balance-sheet runoff after liftoff
  • Markets raise bets Fed will increase interest rates in March
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Federal Reserve officials are preparing to move quicker than the last time they tightened monetary policy in a bid to keep the U.S. economy from overheating amid high inflation and near-full employment. 

Prospects for another year of growth above the economy’s speed limit with inflation already strong -- along with a larger balance sheet that’s suppressing longer-term borrowing costs -- “could warrant a potentially faster pace of policy rate normalization,” minutes from the Dec. 14-15 Federal Open Market Committee meeting said Wednesday.