The Federal Reserve needs to raise interest rates quite a bit further and then hold them there throughout next year and into 2024 to gain control of inflation and bring it back down toward the U.S. central bank’s 2% goal, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said on Monday.
“We’ve got a ways to go to get restrictive,” Bullard said in an interview with MarketWatch, as he restated his conviction that the Fed’s target policy rate needs to rise to at least a range between 5.00% and 5.25% from the current level of 3.75%-4.00% to be “sufficiently restrictive” to reduce inflation.
Once at a high enough level, rates would then “have to stay there all during 2023 and into 2024” given the historical behavior of inflation, Bullard said.
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