The Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Dallas, Robert Kaplan, said that the Federal Reserve Board of the United States (US) should start withdrawing its monetary support shortly after the end of the pandemic, a moment that could initiate robust growth for the US economy.
Kaplan said the central bank should start curtailing its asset purchases from the current pace of $ 120 billion per month, though it avoided setting the specific securities trading that should be put on hold before the Fed decides to raise interest rates.
“I think the withdrawal of monetary stimulus should come first … I think (the withdrawal) has to be largely completed before dealing with the federal funds rate, although I would like to keep some flexibility on that,” Kaplan said during a news conference. Virtual forum organized by UBS.
The agency said that the Fed support should remain in place until the epidemic ends, adding that the crisis could lead to economic panic, so some people may have difficulty returning to work.
Fed governors agreed last month to leave the interest rate unchanged – near zero – and continue to buy $ 120 billion in bonds per month until “we see substantial additional progress” on the central bank’s mandates on inflation and full employment.
Kaplan said that the US economy may see strong growth after overcoming the epidemic, but that vaccine deployment will need to cope with the new variants of the spreading virus.
He said the world’s largest economy could expand 6.5 percent this year and the unemployment rate could approach 4 percent. “Once we get out of the crisis, we will have very strong growth.”