As I understand the FED considers the employment and inflation expectation when defining the monetary policy. I wonder what is the quantitative indicator or traded instrument FED uses to derive this expectation of inflation? I don't believe the Break Even Inflation is a good explanation, because this inflation expectation is calculated by subtracting the return of TIPs (inflation-adjusted return) from Nominal Return of T-Bond (return with inflation expectation) of the same maturity. As the Nominal Return of T-Bond is already the result of FED's monetary policy, so the FED should have some other approach to quantify inflation expectation. Thank you for your attention!


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"How does FED qua[n]tify inflation expectation?"

NY Fed survey, UoM survey, Philly Fed SPF, proprietary adjustments to breaks for various risk premia, etc. But overall, this question should probably be in economics stack exchange.

NY Fed survey

UoM survey

Philly Fed SPF

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