The curse of paying too much attention to financial markets: Charles Plosser

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Charles Plosser on Fed: Don't find there's a compelling case for rate cuts at this point

Former Philadelphia Federal Reserve President Charles Plosser on the economy, the potential for a Federal Reserve interest rate cut, the impact of China trade tensions, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's testimony on Capitol Hill, the Fed's inflation target and USMCA.

Fear and anxiety are not good, especially when it comes to the Federal Reserve, which is responsible for keeping the U.S. economy steady, one former Fed president told FOX Business.

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Charles Plosser, the head of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve, believes GDP will be near 2.5 percent in 2019.

“If you go back to the forecast for 2019 last fall, 2018 was coming in close to 3 percent – almost everyone was forecasting something between 2 [percent] and 2.5 percent for 2019. Is that a good number? Probably still is,” he told  Maria Bartiromo on Thursday, adding “trend -- potential growth, is less than 2 [percent] or just under 2 [percent]. So there’s still the forecast that we are going to be at or near trend for 2019. And so I find the notion that … there’s this panic that we need to react to troubling.”

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Plosser also believes the Fed “overreacted” to Wall Street’s tumultuous December and another round of volatility wouldn't be good.

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“They sent a signal that they were going to be dovish and cut rates and they doubled down on that over the course of the spring and now they are in a position where, I think, to some degree the Fed’s probably afraid that if they don’t now deliver on the rate cuts they are going … to cause another bout of volatility and they don’t want to do that. That’s the curse of paying too much attention to financial markets when you do monetary policy,” he said.

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