Fed’s Lockhart Expects Rate Hike Later This Year

The Federal Reserve can still hike interest rates this year, according to a key central bank decision-maker.

Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said in Monday afternoon remarks that 2015 could still see Fed tightening, and that he is “comfortable enough” with inflation to initiate a hike.

“As things settle down, I will be ready for the first policy move on the path to a more normal interest rate environment,” he said in prepared remarks. “I am confident the much-used phrase ‘later this year’ is still operative.”
The Federal Open Market Committee, of which Lockhart is a voting member, said in a statement last week that it had opted to leave the key federal funds rate unchanged. Many had speculated that the Fed could have announced its first rate hike since 2006.

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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