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Optimism for US Economy Fading According to Federal Reserve Bank President

FOMC member Raphael Bostic said the current economy reflects a tight labor market and that inflation was near the Fed’s 2% goal.
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Raphael Bostic, the President of Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, gave a speech yesterday in Savannah Georgia. Below are two excerpts from Mr. Bostic’s speech that I pulled out of the article of Bloomberg reporter who covered the event.

  • “I began the year with a decided upside tilt to my risk profile for growth, reflecting business optimism following the passage of tax reform”.
  • “That optimism has almost completely faded among my contacts, replaced by concerns about trade policy and tariffs. Perceived uncertainty has risen markedly. While projects under way continue, the bar for new investment is currently quite high,”

According to the Bloomberg article, Bostic, who is a member of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC), which is charged with the raising and lowering of interest rates based on US economic activity, said the current economy reflects a tight labor market and that inflation was near the Fed’s 2% goal. His comments are in further support of my argument that the probability of a recession beginning before the major US stock market indices make a new all-time high has increased considerably.

The full article entitled “Fed’s Bostic Says Business Optimism Is Fading While Trade Tensions Rise”, is available at Bloomberg June 19, 2018.

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