The Federal Reserve should be communicating its views of the economy well enough that markets will not be taken by surprise by an eventual interest-rate hike, a top U.S. central banker said on Tuesday.
While it is not a problem if traders are not fully pricing in a rate increase before it happens, “it shouldn’t be the case that no one is expecting a rate increase,” San Francisco Fed President John Williams told reporters after a speech here.
The comments suggest that the Fed must do quite a bit of communicating if its officials are to feel comfortable raising rates this year, as Williams says he thinks will be appropriate.
The Fed last month held off on raising interest rates, citing concerns about global risks and low inflation.
Interest rates have been near zero for almost seven years now, and the last time the Fed raised rates was in 2006.
“We are essentially at full employment,” he said. “We have to keep an eye on where the goal posts are.”