NY Fed's Dudley: Market Turmoil Makes September Hike 'Less Compelling'

Aug 26 2015 | 12:26pm ET

By Jonathan Spicer (Reuters) - An interest rate hike next month seems less appropriate given the threat posed to the U.S. economy by recent global market turmoil, an influential Federal Reserve official said on Wednesday.

In the clearest indication yet that fears of a Chinese economic slowdown could influence U.S. monetary policy, New York Fed President William Dudley said the prospects of a September rate hike "seems less compelling" than it was only weeks ago.

Dudley, a dovish policymaker and close ally of Fed Chair Janet Yellen, however left the door open to raising rates for the first time in nearly a decade when the U.S. central bank holds a policy meeting Sept. 16-17.

"At this moment, the decision to begin the normalization process at the September FOMC meeting seems less compelling to me than it was a few weeks ago," Dudley told reporters at the New York Fed, of the policy-making Federal Open Market Committee.

But an initial rate hike "could become more compelling by the time of the meeting as we get additional information on how the U.S. economy is performing and ... international financial market developments, all of which are important to shaping the U.S. economic outlook," he said.

Market turmoil in recent days, including steep stock selloffs in Asia, Europe and the United States, has called into question the Fed's plans to raise rates possibly as soon as next month. Investors and economists have pushed out their expectations for the Fed to move in December or next year, citing the rising dollar and falling oil prices.

Dudley said he wanted to see more U.S. economic data, and also how markets behave in coming weeks, before making a final judgment on the timing of policy tightening.

"International developments have increased the downside risks to U.S. economic growth somewhat," he said, with China's slowdown and falling commodity prices straining emerging markets and raising the possibility of slower global growth and less demand for U.S. goods and services.

In Depth

PAAMCO: Will Inflation Deflate the Asset Bubble?

Jan 30 2018 | 9:49pm ET

As the U.S. shifts from monetary stimulus to fiscal stimulus, market pricing should...


CFA Institute To Add Computer Science To Exam Curriculum

May 24 2017 | 9:25pm ET

Starting in 2019, financial industry executives sitting for the coveted Chartered...

Guest Contributor

Boost Hedge Fund Marketing ROI By Raising Your ROO

Feb 14 2018 | 9:57pm ET

Tasked with delivering returns on client capital, a common dilemma for many alternative...