Yesterday, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic expressed guarded optimism and highlighted the “significant progress” in controlling inflation. He observed, “Inflation is well off its highs that we saw in the last year. And recent numbers have come in promising in ways that suggest that we might be seeing continued declines.”
Bostic pointed to the ongoing economic evolution as in line with an “orderly slowdown,” which he views as “quite promising”. As such, he advocated to be cautious, patient and resolute” in policy-making.
He also voiced concerns about the risk of overtightening monetary policy. “I think we are in a phase now where there is some risk of us overtightening. And so we’ve just got to have that in mind,” he said. By exercising appropriate caution, Bostic believes that the damage to employment can be minimized.
Looking forward, Bostic said, “My baseline outlook doesn’t contemplate any cuts until the second half of next year at the earliest.” He insists on being “resolute to make sure that we don’t move our policy posture in a different direction until we’re absolutely, absolutely certain that inflation is going to get to our target.”