It's unlikely the Federal Reserve will be able to pull off a graceful ending to quantitative easing, economist Bob Brusca told CNBC. Instead, he thinks the central bank will probably allow inflation to creep up—not believing it is real—until it is too late.
"They think there's a lot of slack, and therefore when bad things happen they don't believe it. And that's the problem: When bad things happen you have to believe it," said Brusca, chief economist at Fact and Opinion Economics.
The central bank is grappling with several issues, he added.
"The Fed's balance sheet is huge. I think they kept interest rates very low for a very long period of time," Brusca said in an interview with "Power Lunch." The central bank is also juggling "too many things" and is dealing with a division among its members.
"A division is also going to make it harder to do the right thing in a timely fashion."
Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this weekend that the central bank is risking keeping policy "too loose, too long." St. Louis Fed President James Bullard has repeatedly said that the Fed could start raising rates in the first quarter of 2015, earlier than expected.