Fed Could Raise Rates

Fed’s Kashkari Warns Against Cutting

Gas prices are seen at a gas station in Riverwoods, Ill., Monday, April 1, 2024. On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, the Labor Department issues its report on inflation at the consumer level in March. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Federal Reserve should wait for significant progress on inflation before cutting interest rates, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari told CNBC Tuesday.

Asked what conditions were needed for the Fed to cut rates once or twice this year, Kashkari said: “Many more months of positive inflation data, I think, to give me confidence that it’s appropriate to dial back.”

He said the central bank could potentially even hike rates if inflation fails to come down further. “I don’t think we should rule anything out at this point,” Kashkari added.

U.S. inflation rose by a slightly less-than-expected 0.3% in April, providing some relief for policymakers. Still, it remained up 3.4% on the year.

Kashkari said he was confident the Fed would ultimately reach its 2% inflation target, but added: “I’m not seeing the need to hurry and do rate cuts, I think we should take our time and get it right.”

He noted that the central bank may consider raising its target rate in the future, but said it was not appropriate to “move the goal posts” at this stage.

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