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Federal Reserve Officials Divided Over Interest Rate Outlook for 2024

In this post:

  • Fed officials divided on 2024 interest rate cuts.
  • Bowman favors maintaining rates; Bostic hints at reductions.
  • Fed signals delay amid disappointing inflation data.

Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman and Atlanta Federal Reserve President Raphael Bostic had pronounced different views about the potential for an interest rate cut in 2024 during inflation times, manifesting varying opinions amongst the boardroom. 

Bowman of the Federal Reserve suggests modesty

Federal Reserve Governor Michelle Bowman, following her speech to bankers in Texas, published her general view on the upcoming cutting of interest rates in 2024. According to Bowman, staying puts for a while an inflation which appeared at the start of the year as a major factor in her effort to decide what to do. She urged for more careful and systemic responses, articulating the principle of the moving of the Fed’s policy towards an inflation target rate of 2%.

Source:macrotrends

 She said some rate cuts for the year, haven’t factored in it either and the current status quo will somehow endure. She focused on the point that inflation data have to be consistent before any plans of adjusting the interest rate trajectory rate put forward. 

Bostic hints at rate reductions

Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic positions his outlook as neutral, with the year-end 2024 race kept but not ruled out. Bostic paints a picture of the seemingly indefinite sensitivity of the business environment, held back by worries over the revision of the nature of inflation. 

He pointed to the issues created by long-term inflation, but he revealed no doubt on the question of whether the central bank will reduce the target rate and by how much. In this regard, he highlighted the need for getting the most appropriate moment for launching the rate cut at a time when market conditions have altered, and this includes any inflationary factors and changes in labor market dynamics. 

While FED reserve officials are divided about the future direction of interest rates for 2024, the Central Bank finds itself in the challenging situation of considering its options of containing inflations against the promoting further economic growth

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