Fed’s Evans sees first rate hike in 2024, inflation will be the test
Thu Mar 25 2021
Austin Collins (259 articles)

Fed’s Evans sees first rate hike in 2024, inflation will be the test

Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans on Thursday said he does not expect the economy to meet the thresholds the Fed has set for lifting interest rates until 2024.

While he expects the U.S. unemployment rate this year to fall to 4.5%, marking “substantial progress,” inflation is still too low. “Inflation will be the real test,” Evans said at a Women in Housing and Finance Public Policy luncheon, noting that the Fed has said it will not raise rates until the economy reaches inclusive, full employment, and inflation has not only hit the Fed’s 2% target but is on track to exceed it for some time.

Most Fed policymakers agree with Evans. But markets are skeptical: interest-rate futures are now pricing in about three quarter-percentage point rate hikes by the end of 2023.

Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans on Thursday said that while he expects the U.S. unemployment rate this year to fall to 4.5%, marking “substantial progress,” inflation is still too low. “When we say 2%, we should deliver 2%,” Evans said at a Women in Housing and Finance Public Policy luncheon, referring to the Fed’s 2% inflation goal. The Fed has pledged to keep buying bonds at its current pace of $120 billion a month until there is “substantial further progress” toward its full employment and inflation goals.

Austin Collins

Austin Collins

Austin Collins is our Europe, Asia, & Middle East Correspondent. He covers news related to Stock Market. In past he has worked for many prestigious news & media organizations. He is based in Dubai