Tags: US | Fed | Exit | Strategy

Some Fed Banks Wanted Higher Emergency Loan Rate

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 04:18 PM

 

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink

Three of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks made a push last month to bump up the interest rate banks pay the Fed for emergency loans, according to a document released Tuesday.

The regional banks were in Kansas City, St. Louis and Dallas. They wanted to boost the discount rate to 1 percent from 0.75 percent. The rate doesn't directly affect borrowing costs for Americans.

Late last month, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his four other board members unanimously decided to keep the current rate.

Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed, and Richard Fisher, head of the Dallas Fed, have reputations for being inflation hawks. Hawks worry more about super-low borrowing costs stoking inflation, while doves worry more about high unemployment.

Minutes of the closed-door regional bank meetings, which took place on different days in April, said regional bank officials noted improvements in the economy, including stronger-than-anticipated spending by consumers.

Still, regional officials were "cautious" about the outlook, noting that companies remained wary of ramping up hiring. Squeezed state and local governments, meanwhile, could constrain spending and crimp employment.

At the same time, low inflation gives the Fed leeway to hold its key interest, which does affect consumer borrowing, at a record low near zero, the minutes said.

Hoenig, at each of the Fed's three meetings so far this year, has opposed the central bank's pledge to hold rates at record levels for an "extended period." He fears that could eventually led to speculative excesses in the prices of stocks, commodities and other assets and could spur inflation later on.

In mid-February, the Fed raised the discount rate by one-quarter percentage point to 0.75 percent, a move to bring policy closer to normal after the financial crisis.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
You May Also Like
Around the Web

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

MONEYNEWS.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved