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Dallas Fed's Kaplan: 'Agnostic' whether next interest rate move will be 'up or down'

Greg Robb

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said Wednesday that he is solidly in the "patient" camp on interest rates and had no position on whether the next interest rate policy move will be to ease or tighten. Asked on the Fox Business Network if the next move by the Fed would be a rate cut, Kaplan replied: "We're basically, I think, at the right policy setting. I'm sort of agnostic at this point between about moving rates up or down." Kaplan said he would need to see something "compelling" that would cause him to end this patient stance. Financial stability concerns was one reason not to cut rates now, he said. "I'm hesitant while we're at or past full employment and the economy is running at solid rates... that adding further accommodation to the economy could create excesses and imbalances that could be painful to deal with in the years ahead," Kaplan said. While he is not a voter, Kaplan is influential given that he is a member of a small subcommittee of Fed officials that focuses on communication strategy.