Fed’s Evans favors gradual approach to monetary normalization

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Evans takes a question during a round table with the media in Shanghai
FILE PHOTO: Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans takes a question during a round table with the media in Shanghai, China March 23, 2010. REUTERS/Nir Elias/File Photo

October 11, 2017

ZURICH (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Reserve should adopt a gradual approach to normalizing its expansive monetary policy, U.S. central banker Charles Evans said on Wednesday.

“There is room for honest discussion later this year whether it is the right time to raise rates,” Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Evans told a Bloomberg event in Zurich. “The state of the economy is quite strong, unemployment low, the labor market is good.

“It makes sense to continue to increase policy gradually as we assess whether inflation is going to get to the 2 percent objective.”

(Reporting by John Revill and Angelika Gruber; Editing by Joshua Franklin)