Fed’s Plosser Urges Earlier US Rate Hike

The Federal Reserve must prepare investors for an earlier interest-rate rise than many now think, a hawkish U.S. central banker said in a speech on Thursday that did not specifically acknowledge the turmoil that has recently gripped financial markets.
Charles Plosser, head of the Philadelphia Fed, said rates may begin to rise “sooner than previously anticipated” and called on the central bank to promptly adjust its formal policy guidance to acknowledge “significant progress” in both U.S. inflation and employment.

Plosser is among the minority of Fed officials who want to close the book on ultra easy monetary policy sooner than mid-2015, which is when most of his colleagues see a rate rise. Fears of a global economic downturn and a volatile selloff in stocks in recent days have, however, prompted investors to bet on a later tightening closer to the end of next year.

Plosser’s prepared remarks to an economic development group did not address that.

The Fed must “prepare the markets for the fact that interest rates may begin to increase sooner than previously anticipated,” said Plosser, who dissented on the central bank’s last two policy decisions, and who will step down on March 1.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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