The U.S. Federal Reserve should use forward guidance now as the global economy is slowing down, the yield curve has inverted and investment in U.S. businesses has stalled, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari wrote in an op-ed for the Financial Times.
"Absent some surprise reversal in these economic developments, I will argue that we should not only cut the federal funds rate, but that we should also use forward guidance to provide even more of a boost to the economy than a rate cut alone can deliver," Kashkari wrote on Wednesday.
Kashkari does not have a vote on monetary policy this year but participates in policy discussions at the U.S. central bank.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued to pressure the Federal Reserve and the central bank’s chairman to lower interest rates, saying its policies were hampering U.S. growth and reducing the country’s ability to compete economically.
“Doing great with China and other Trade Deals. The only problem we have is Jay Powell and the Fed. He’s like a golfer who can’t putt, has no touch. Big U.S. growth if he does the right thing, BIG CUT - but don’t count on him!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“We are competing with many countries that have a far lower interest rate, and we should be lower than them,” he added.
The comments by Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the Federal Reserve’s policies, come as he seeks to downplay worries that a trade war between the United States and China could weigh on the U.S. economy and trigger a possible recession before the November 2020 presidential election.
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