Fed’s Lockhart Says He Wouldn’t Rule Out September Tapering

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said he wouldn’t rule out a September move by the central bank to start tapering its bond-buying program as long as the economy’s performance justifies it.

“I’m looking at the data as whether they are denying or undermining the outlook I have in my head” for moderate growth, Lockhart said in an interview today on Bloomberg Television with Michael McKee from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where the Kansas City Fed is hosting a conference. “You can take a cautious first step,” which the Fed could conceivably do, he said.

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