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St. Louis Fed President Criticizes Rate Hike Expectations as Too Aggressive: Is He Correct?

mishtalk.com / Mike “Mish” Shedlock / May 19, 2017 3:00:28

Citing weak inflation expectations and weak economic reports, St. Louis Fed’s Bullard says expected rate hikes ‘aggressive’.

The Fed’s expected plans for rate increases may be too fast for an economy that has shown recent signs of weakness, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Friday, making the case for a continued go-slow approach as inflation progress stalls.

A recent dip in inflation and inflation expectations means the Fed may not make as much progress as expected toward its inflation target, and at a time when risks are increasing that political gridlock in Washington will continue.

Expectations that tax, regulatory and other changes may boost growth have buoyed business confidence and markets since the start of the year, but are looking less likely as the Trump administration faces continued controversy.

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