Evans Says Fed Must Convince Public It Will Allow More Inflation

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Speaking to reporters Evans, who heads the Federal Reserve bank of Chicago, said the pick-up in global growth was making life easier for central bankers but also that the number of vacant positions on the Fed's board was "very challenging".

Evans expressed concerns Wednesday that the public was losing faith in policy makers' commitment to bring inflation back up to their 2 percent target.

Evans, a voter this year on Fed policy, did not say in his prepared remarks whether he would support an interest-rate hike in December, as many of his colleagues have said they would, and as markets overwhelmingly expect.

"Inflation data during 2017 have surprised to the downside and call into question the idea that United States inflation is reliably returning toward target", Bullard said in prepared remarks during an appearance in Louisville, Kentucky. The Fed's preferred measure, excluding food and energy components, was 1.3 percent in September, down from 1.9 percent in January. "I am optimistic that the state of the economy is strong and that's going to help move inflation in the right direction but I think we will continue to need accommodative policy".

Mr. Evans also said he was anxious that too much of the case to boost rates right now rests on fears that very low rates will generate financial instability by way of fueling excessive risk-taking on the back of cheap borrowing costs. "We should now be fortifying our efforts - reinforcing our commitment to symmetry - so that future policy actions have the best chance for success in a low equilibrium interest rate world".

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