The Fed: Fed’s Williams says he’s not worried about inflation

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A key top Federal Reserve official said Tuesday that he is not worried about inflation.

New York Fed President John Williams, who is a key adviser to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, said that he doesn’t see any sign of high inflation.

“I”m not worried about inflation. Obviously if there were significant inflationary pressures with inflation taking off, we know how to respond to that. But I don’t see any signs of that,” Williams said, during a discussion sponsored by the Fisher Center for Real Estate & Urban Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Some analysts and Fed officials think that the economy is recovering so strongly that there will be bottlenecks that push up prices. Other economists note that wage growth, a critical component of inflation, remains subdued.

The Fed has promised to allow inflation to run moderately above its 2% target for some time before lifting rates off of zero.

Williams was relatively upbeat about the economy, saying he was optimistic that the strong recovery seen since June would continue for the rest of the year and into next year. He said he expected the economy would fully recover in about three years time.

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Other Fed officials have sounded more cautious about the downside risks given the economy is not through the pandemic.

Stocks were lower Tuesday as investors awaited the first presidential debate. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.23%   was down 134 points in early afternoon trading.

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