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Fed's Dudley Confident That U.S. Expansion Has a ‘Long Way to Go’

  • NY Fed chief aligns with Yellen in expecting inflation rebound
  • Not tightening would risk ‘crash’ to very low unemployment
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Yellen Says Fed Has Taken Note of Weak Inflation Readings

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Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley aligned himself with Chair Janet Yellen in declaring his expectation that a tight labor market will eventually trigger a rebound in inflation data that has been unexpectedly weak in recent months.

“We’re pretty close to what we think is full employment,” Dudley said Monday in Plattsburgh, New York. “Inflation is a little bit lower than what we would like, but we think if the labor market continues to tighten, wages will gradually pick up, and with that, we’ll see inflation get back to 2 percent.”