Fed’s Bostic casts doubt on rate cuts this year even if there’s a recession

by | May 15, 2023 | Financial

Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic said Monday that he doesn’t foresee rate cuts at least through 2023, even if there’s a recession.”For me, inflation is job No. 1. We’ve got to get back to our target,” he told CNBC’s Steve Liesman during a “Squawk Box” interview. “If there’s going to be some cost to that, we’ve got to be willing to do that.”His comments came as the Fed has raised rates 10 times since March 2022 in an effort to bring down inflation that a year ago was running at its highest levels since the early 1980s.Even though inflation is still running well ahead of the central bank’s 2% year-over-year target, market pricing is indicating that the Fed is done hiking and in fact will be cutting rates multiple times before the end of the year. That is based largely on expectations that the economy is headed for a sharp slowdown and a likely shallow recession, which has been predicted by the Fed’s own economists.But Bostic said he doesn’t see cuts coming anytime soon and in fact expects an increase would be more likely at this point.The consumer price index, released last week, showed headline inflation running at a 4.9% annual rate while core — which excludes food and energy and usually receives greater emphasis from Fed officials — was at 5.5%.”What we’ve seen is that inflation has been persistently high, consumers have been really resilient in terms of their spending, and labor markets remain extremely tight. All of those suggests that there’s still going to be upward pressure on prices,” he said. “If there’s going to be a bias to action, for me would be a bias to increase a little further as opposed to cut.”Nevertheless, Bostic said he remains opt …

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