Fed's Williams: On exit, Fed will sell assets gradually

IRVINE, California Mon Nov 5, 2012 9:27pm EST

IRVINE, California (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve will target a "soft landing" when it comes time to exit its super-easy monetary policy, raising rates and then selling the assets it has accumulated in its bid to push borrowing costs lower, a top Fed official said on Monday.

"We will sell them at a gradual pace," John Williams, president of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, said in response to a question about whether the Fed would "dump" the assets it has accumulated once it needs to tighten policy. Williams was speaking at the University of California, Irvine.

The approach follows a blueprint the Fed has earlier laid out.

"We are looking for that perfect soft landing," Williams said, saying he's optimistic the Fed will be successful. (Reporting by Ann Saphir; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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