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Fed could ditch flawed dots rates forecasts says top policymaker

Published on May 10, 2014 12:40 AM

USA-FED/FISHER NEW ORLEANS, May 9 (Reuters) - There are flaws in the published forecasts of individual Federal Reserve policymakers and the US central bank should consider ditching them altogether, a top Fed policymaker said on Friday.

Zeroing in on the so-called "dot chart" the central bank published quarterly, which show policymakers' expected path of interest rates, Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said they are largely the result of guesswork.

Also problematic, he said, they reflect the views of policymakers who are coming and going. "If the dot chart creates confusion, one option would be to dispense with the exercise altogether," said Fisher, a hawkish voter on policy this year.

Ever known for evocative speeches, he channeled the children's author Dr. Seuss to say: "So, out, damned dot! Out with the lot! It's clearly time to go."

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