St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, a known dove, told CNBC that “we should get lower here,” on interest rates. He added “The yield curve is inverted. We’ve got one of the higher rates on the whole yield curve. That is not a good place to be”.
Bullard also asked “How much risk are we facing from the fact that we’ve got a global manufacturing contraction going on and possibly more to come?”. And, “I’d like to take out more insurance against that downside risk.”
Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said she’s approach next month’s FOMC meeting with an open mind. She added if the economy continues where it is, I would probably say we should keep things the way they are.” Though, she is “very attuned to the downside risks to this economy and I want to make sure we’re always focused on our dual-mandate goals.”