Fed’s Bullard Calls for Gradually ‘Edging’ Rates Higher

The Federal Reserve should gradually raise interest rates, said James Bullard, the president of the St. Louis Fed, on Tuesday. “Prudent monetary policy suggests gradually edging the policy settings closer to normal, since the goals have been met and policy would still remain very accommodative,” Bullard said in a speech to the National Association for Business Economics in Washington.

The accommodative stance “will provide plenty of insurance against any remaining risks to the U.S. economy,” he said. Bullard will be a voting member of the Fed policy committee in 2016.

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Craig Erlam
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the BBC and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, FOX Business and BNN. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.