Fed could 'dial back' 75-basis-point hikes if inflation slows, Bostic says

Fed could 'dial back' 75-basis-point hikes if inflation slows, Bostic says
WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve could have reason to 'dial back' from its 75-basis-point interest rate hikes if new data shows inflation "clearly" slowing, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic said in an essay published on Tuesday.

"I don't think we are done tightening. Inflation remains too high," Bostic wrote in the essay published on the regional bank's website. "That said, incoming data - if they clearly show that inflation has begun slowing - might give us reason to dial back ... We will have to see how those data come in."

A slowing of inflation in July "represented a reprieve," Bostic said, while noting that price pressures remained "stubbornly widespread."
The Fed will receive the August inflation report ahead of its Sept. 20-21 policy meeting when officials are expected to approve a rate increase of either 50 or 75 basis points.


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