Senior Fed official backs July three-quarter point rate hike


Federal Reserve Board of Governors Christopher Waller favors another 0.75% increase in interest rates at the central bank’s July meeting to continue to aggressively fight inflation, said reported the Wall Street Journal.

After the July meeting, the Fed is not expected to meet again until September. Waller said a 0.50% rate increase at that meeting would also likely be needed. According to the Fed governor, November would be the first time that the central bank could possibly return to traditional hikes of 0.25%, depending on inflation levels.

“Inflation is just too high and doesn’t seem to be coming down,” Waller said in a webinar today. “We need to move to a much more restrictive framework in terms of interest rates and policy, and we need to do that as soon as possible.”

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