Chairman Jerome Powell defended the central bank's independence from President Donald Trump and financial markets, both of which seem to be pushing for aggressive rate cuts, in remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in NY.
But Powell also insisted the central bank was "insulated" from political pressures despite President Donald Trump's persistent criticism of the Fed chairman.
Powell said that, while the tariffs themselves have not yet been catastrophic for the US economy, whose growth prospects remains strong, trade tensions could hurt markets and confidence going forward.
Bullard last week cast the lone dissent from the Fed's decision to hold rates steady, favoring instead an immediate rate cut. "Congress chose to insulate the Fed this way because it had seen the damage that often arises when policy bends to short-term political interests".
Kashkari said he favored a half-percentage point cut, and that he "argued we should also commit to not raising rates from the new lower level until we see core inflation sustainably reach our target".
Stocks fell across the board after St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is known for his vocal opposition to interest rate increases, said around midday he believed it was not necessary to cut the Fed funds rate by 50 basis points, preferring a 25 bp "insurance" cut.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 39.64 points, or 0.15%, to 26,687.9, the S&P 500 lost 9.33 points, or 0.32%, to 2,936.02 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 48.90 points, or 0.61%, to 7,956.80.
The Fed suggested, last week, that it could cut borrowing costs as early as July amid concerns about the US-China trade war, causing markets to surge in the past few weeks. In the meantime, policymakers will be closely watching data on USA economic growth and jobs as well as the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, at the end of the week, where Trump is due to meet one-on-one with at least eight world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, for discussions on trade.
Fed officials acknowledged on Tuesday that weakening economic conditions may merit lowering interest rates in the coming months, but they poured cold water on the idea that any cuts would be swift and influenced by Trump's demands.
The Fed is seeking to extend a USA economic expansion that's about to become the longest ever.
The healthcare sector edged up 0.2%, boosted by news of a multi-billion dollar deal. We make mistakes. I hope not frequently but we will make mistakes.
But risks to that outlook have grown, he added, as recent progress on resolving trade disputes had deteriorated, producing greater uncertainty.
Bullard is a voting member of the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee this year.