The Wall Street Journal reports that most central bank officials project interest rates will remain near zero for at least three years.

(What do you think this will do to the price of gold??)

Fed officials slashed their short-term interest rate to near zero in March as the coronavirus pandemic disrupted financial markets and the economy. They also launched an array of emergency lending programs and began large-scale purchases of government debt and mortgage securities.

On Wednesday, officials updated their formal guidance around how long those purchases would continue…

The Fed has been buying $80 billion in Treasurys and $40 billion in mortgage bonds a month since June while pledging to maintain those purchases “over coming months.” On Wednesday, the central bank stated those purchases would continue “until substantial further progress has been made” toward broader employment and inflation goals. Officials don’t expect to reach those goals for years, according to projections they released Wednesday.

‘These measures will ensure that monetary policy will continue to deliver powerful support for the economy,’ Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday at a virtual news conference.