he Federal Reserve could raise interest rates in June if the dollar doesn’t spike in expectation of such a move, Fidelity Investment’s Jurrien Timmer said Monday.
Earlier on Monday, San Francisco Fed president John Williams told CNBC that while the U.S. economy is doing “quite well,” global developments are feeding back into the dollar and the U.S. economy, preventing the Fed from moving.
Williams and three other regional Fed presidents have said the central bank should begin tightening monetary policy sooner rather than later
The Fed raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade in December, but has since held steady. At its last meeting, Federal Open Market Committee members indicated they only anticipate raising rates twice this year, down from earlier expectations of four hikes.
Timmer said the Fed has been stuck in a “tug-of-war” in which the talk of higher rates strengthens the dollar, leading to corresponding weakness in the Chinese yuan. That in turn causes the People’s Bank of China to draw down foreign reserves to offset yuan outflows, which creates volatility in U.S. markets.
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