NEW YORK, April 14 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank
stands ready to take unconventional policy steps to fend off a
“too prolonged” period of low inflation, though for now it
expects inflation to rebound slowly, an ECB policymaker said on
“Should we note a deviation from this path, we will use
every instrument within our mandate, including unconventional
ones, in order to cope effectively with risks of a too prolonged
period of low inflation,” European Central Banker Christian
Noyer told a luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange.
WASHINGTON, April 13 (Reuters) – Poland’s central bank is
“preparing” to possibly use unconventional policy instruments if
need be, but not “planning” on it, its governor said on Sunday.
Marek Belka, speaking at an International Monetary Fund
event in Washington, said the instruments could be used to
intervene in different asset classes. Referring to
macroprudential policymaking, he said Poland needed to “brace
ourselves for the unthinkable.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) ran into a wall of resistance on Thursday when he urged some counterparts in developed economies to more formally consider the effects their domestic stimulus has on emerging markets.
Alongside central bankers from the United States, Europe, and Brazil, Raghuram Rajan took the stage at a high-profile event here to list his proposals for better monetary cooperation and a global “safety net” that could provide funds for countries in case of economic emergency.
WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – The head of India’s central
bank ran into a wall of resistance on Thursday when he urged
some counterparts in developed economies to more formally
consider the effects their domestic stimulus has on emerging
Alongside central bankers from the United States, Europe,
and Brazil, Raghuram Rajan took the stage at a high-profile
event here to list his proposals for better monetary cooperation
and a global “safety net” that could provide funds for countries
in case of economic emergency.
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Federal Reserve officials fretted last month that investors would overreact to policymakers’ fresh forecasts on interest rates that appeared to map out a more aggressive cycle of rate hikes than was actually anticipated.
The published rate forecasts of the current 16 Fed policymakers, known as the “dots” charts, suggested the federal funds rate would end 2016 at 2.25 percent, a half percentage point above Fed officials’ projections in December. Bonds fell when the charts were initially released, at the close of the U.S. central bank’s March 18-19 meeting, as investors priced in slightly sharper rate rises.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The modest pace of U.S. economic growth in recent years suggests that when the time comes to raise interest rates the Federal Reserve will be able to do so gradually without fear of a sudden surge in inflation, a top Fed official said on Wednesday.
Many economists, both at the Fed and outside, had expected the economy to roar back after the Great Recession, requiring a rapid tightening of policy at some point, Fed Board Governor Daniel Tarullo told a dinner forum in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve will likely wait at least six months after ending a bond-buying program before raising interest rates, and will only act that quickly “if things really go well,” a top U.S. central banker said on Wednesday.
“It could be six, it could be 16 months,” Chicago Fed President Charles Evans told reporters on the sidelines of a Levy Economics Institute forum.
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Federal Reserve policymakers fretted last month that investors would overreact to published forecasts that suggested a more aggressive cycle of interest rate increases was coming down the pike than they planned.
Minutes of the Fed’s March 18-19 policy-setting meeting released on Wednesday shed little new light on what might prompt an eventual policy tightening.
/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve needs to be more specific about what economic conditions would prompt it to raise interest rates from current rock-bottom levels, a pair of top Fed officials normally at loggerheads on policy said on Tuesday.
A third, meanwhile, warned that the Fed should be sure not to withdraw monetary policy accommodation before the economy is ready.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve should be even more specific about when it plans to tighten policies after it took a step in the right direction last month, a top U.S. central banker said on Tuesday.
Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Plosser said, however, that the central bank is “not even close to withdrawing support prematurely,” when asked by reporters about longer-term plans. He said the timing of the first rate rise, which will probably come next year, will be “all about the data.”