Officials From The Federal Reserve Have Called For A Moderate Approach To The Inflation.
Officials at the Federal Reserve are pushing back against the notion that central bankers would raise interest rates in between meetings, stating that while they are set to begin raising rates in March, the initial increase may be lower than what markets have come to expect.
After January inflation statistics came in unexpectedly high last week, markets began to speculate on a double-size rate hike — half a percentage point. Those expectations rose after the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, James Bullard, said that the Fed could need to respond swiftly with a substantial rise or perhaps an inter-meeting move, which the central bank usually saves for emergencies.
Mr. Bullard appeared to backtrack slightly on Monday, admitting during a CNBC interview that he is only one policy official and that the Fed chair, Jerome H. Powell, will take the lead in determining how swiftly to withdraw assistance.
He repeated that he would like to see a fast pace of rises, with rates reaching about 1% by July — but he did not restate that a hike between meetings may be a good idea, instead stating the Fed needed to react to data in a “organized” manner.
The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Mary C. Daly, stated that the Fed needed to begin going, but that its approach should be “measured.”. She said:
“I see that it is obvious that we need to pull some of the accommodation out of the economy. But history tells us with Fed policy that abrupt and aggressive action can actually have a destabilizing effect on the very growth and price stability we’re trying to achieve.”
In a SiriusXM interview on Monday, Thomas Barkin, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, stated that he favors rising rates “steadily.” He said:
“I think it’s timely to get started, and steadily move back toward prepandemic levels,”
He emphasized that when the Fed raised interest rates, it would get a clearer understanding of whether inflation was beginning to moderate and might modify the timing and speed of its increases accordingly.
Esther George, head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, responded harshly to Mr. Bullard’s suggestions. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Friday, she signaled that there might be a debate about large rate rises in March, but she stressed that she had not yet decided on the proposal, and that moves between meetings were reserved for emergencies.
Mr. Bullard said that he had yet to persuade his colleagues that the anticipated rate hikes should be implemented at a rather quick pace.
According to Jeanna Smialek – The New York Times
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