Minneapolis Fed President Clarifies Central Bank not more Hawkish

Financial markets are wrong to view the Federal Reserve as having become more hawkish in its views on the need to tighten monetary policy, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Narayana Kocherlakota said on Monday.

“I was concerned about the strong reaction…to the committee’s communication. I thought there was a sense out there…that the committee had taken more of a hawkish turn, in terms of thinking about policy… I thought that was a mis-perception that should be clarified,” he told reporters in a conference call, explaining why he was holding the call.

Kocherlakota, who is not a voting member of the policy-setting committee this year, was referring to the reaction to comments that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s made during a press conference on Wednesday, in which he said the Fed expected to begin slowing the pace of its bond purchases later this year.

Kocherlakota said “thus far” the rise in bond yields was not a cause for concern, but warned that if higher yields hardened over time, that could subtract demand away from the economy.

via Reuters

This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.

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.
Alfonso Esparza