FED’s Williams and Bostic Speaking

Posted Friday, May 10, 2019 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read


  • Fall in inflation reflects ‘normal volatility’
  • Trimmed mean inflation not trending up or down
  • Has more confidence in his outlook for moderate growth
  • Near term risks to growth have receded
  • We are in the right place in terms of policy
  • Labor market should support inflation returning to 2%, no sign of inflation pressure
  • Expects sustainable growth of 2.25% GDP growth in 2019
  • Says he is seeing more positive readings on China’s economy due to gov’t efforts
  • Trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty are downside risks


  • FOMC officials all in the same mindset on patience on rates
  • Still see one rate hike in 2019 but willing to be patient
  • Fed may need new policy calculus if tariffs prolonged
  • Will wait and see how businesses respond on tariffs
  • Don’t see inflation now decelerating away from goal
  • If inflation expectations anchored, may need action


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