Days after Ben Bernanke signaled a gradual end to the Federal Reserve’s stimulus efforts, his colleagues are chiming in with concerns.
Did the Federal Reserve chairman go too far when he said that the central bank plans to reduce its stimulus buying later this year? Or did he leave out some important details?
Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher spoke out Monday, urging investors not to act like “feral hogs” by overreacting. In the past, Fisher has largely criticized the Fed for taking stimulus too far, but even he is now trying to calm markets, stressing that the wind-down process will be a gradual and cautious one.
“I don’t want to go from Wild Turkey to ‘cold turkey’ overnight,” he told the Financial Times.
Another Fed official wants ‘extraordinarily low’ short-term interest rates for longer: In an unusual move, Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota issued a statement Monday criticizing the central bank for not issuing clearer guidelines on its plans for short-term interest rates, which have been at historic lows since December 2008.