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Fed’s Mester Says Rates Need to Keep Rising to Reduce Inflation

Economy Sep 29, 2022 14:06
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2/2 © Bloomberg. Loretta Mester, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview at the Jackson Hole economic symposium in Moran, Wyoming, US, on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signaled the US central bank is likely to keep raising interest rates and leave them elevated for a while to stamp out inflation, and he pushed back against any idea that the Fed would soon reverse course. 2/2

(Bloomberg) -- Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said the US central bank, which has already raised its benchmark interest rate by three percentage points this year, has got to keep going to restrain high inflation.

“Real interest rates judged -- by the expectations over the next year of inflation -- have to be in positive territory and held there for a time,” she said Thursday in an interview on CNBC. “We’re still not even in restricted territory on the funds rate.”

Fed officials raised interest rates by 75 basis points on Sept. 21 for the third straight meeting, bringing the target for the benchmark federal funds rate to a range of 3% to 3.25%. 

The Fed’s quarterly Summary of Economic Projections shows a median forecast of rates reaching 4.4% by the end of this year, implying a further 1.25 percentage points of tightening over their remaining two meetings in November and December.

“In my SEP I have inflation coming down, but we have to bring interest rates up to get that downward shift in inflation,” she said, calling her forecast probably a bit above the median projection.

 

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