Fed Governor Bowman: Large interest-rate rises could continue

In an appearance before the Kansas Bankers Association, on Saturday, US Federal Reserve (Fed) Governor Michelle Bowman said that she strongly supports super-sized rate increases to fight inflation, per Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Key quotes

“Strongly supported the Fed’s 0.75-percentage-point rate increase last month” and “similarly-sized increases should be on the table until we see inflation declining in a consistent, meaningful and lasting way.”

“Expect the labor market to remain strong,” adding that the “current outlook sees economic growth picking up during the second half of the year.”

“Our primary challenge is to get inflation under control.”

The recent inflation figure is “concerningly high.”

“Few, if any, concrete indications” that support the expected inflation has peaked.

“I will need to see unambiguous evidence of this decline before I incorporate an easing of inflation pressures into my outlook.”

Market reaction

At the time of writing, the US dollar index is off the weekly highs, consolidating around 106.60 before the next push higher.

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