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St. Louis Fed chief James Bullard says more rate cuts 'may be desirable' as Trump's trade war escalates

President and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis James Bullard speaks during an interview on Aug. 6.

Heather Long August 6 at 1:48 PMAs the U.S.-China trade war heightens, President Trump and Wall Street are calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates further to help boost the economy.

“While additional policy action may be desirable, the long and variable lags in the effects of monetary policy suggest that the effects of previous actions are only now beginning to impact macroeconomic outcomes,” said James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed, at a speech to the National Economists Club in Washington, D.C.

“You are not in recession mode here,” he said, stressing that the Fed has already made a “sea change” in policy in the past year that is helping aid the economy.

Wall Street is pricing interest rate cuts in September, December and January.

Bullard dismissed that call, saying the Fed cannot save the economy from the daily gyrations and uncertainty from the trade war.

READ MORE (Washington Post)

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  • The Bond Market Has a Message for the Fed: You're Not in Charge AnymoreFortune
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