Christopher Waller, Federal reserve Governor, guaranteed on Tuesday not to make the same mistakes on inflation that the country did in the 1970s. Back then, during a panel chat with Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari, Waller said though the central bank was on inflation, it wilted every time stronger for the monetary policy that caused an uptick in unemployment.
Today, Waller expresses that he and his colleagues will follow through on its willingness to increase the interest rates twice than this year. This includes a half percentage point move last week. This is as one of the best step not to let the country to experience the same inflation as 1970s.
Waller Said, “We know what happened for the Federal not taking the job seriously on inflation on the 1970s and we ain’t gonna let that happen.”
The clarifications came with the inflation running at its highest pace on more than 40 years. Earlier now, President Joe Biden said that inflation is the economy’s biggest challenge. Also, he noted the fighting price increases “begins with the Federal Reserve.”
Though the president recognized the central bank’s political independence, the Federal should do its job. Later, he convinced himself that the Federal will do its job dealing with what to do to control the inflation.
However, Waller thought the recent policymakers should not be so aggressive due to the comparison of Fed of the 1970s with that of early 1980s that eventually defeated inflation using a series of big interest rate hikes when it was being taken over by Chairman Paul Volcker.
According to Waller, the inflation of Fed ‘70s had zero credibility that they don’t have it as problem right now. This inflation is not a shock-and-awe Volcker moment, he added. At that moment, Volker actions led him to take the Fed’s benchmark interest rate up to 20% and caused economic recession. Waller said he had talked with the former chair prior to his death and Volcker stated he would never had done it if he had known what was going to occur. This shows that Volcker felt sorry for what he did to overcome the inflation at that time.
Waller thought that the economic is able to withstand the part of rate hikes that time so the years would be smoother to run the economic than the Volcker’s era. The labor market is tough, making the economy goes well. And this is the right time to take actions if there is any negative reaction as the economy can manage it well.
Earlier today, Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin backed the objectives to have inflation under control as the path will likely get the fed funds rate to a 2% range up to 3% range. That enables us to see that the inflation can keep its level, requiring us whether to stop the economy or not. This means that they can still control the inflation’s position.
The key points are Fed Governor Christopher Waller ensures the central bank won’t make the same mistakes on inflation as its predecessors did in 1970s.