Fed officials discussed hiking rates to 'restrictive' level

Trump: 'My Biggest Threat Is The Fed' – Talking Points Memo

Still, the minutes showed that, for the moment at least, American policymakers were largely in agreement about the near future - despite the increasing heat from the president, who fears higher rates will derail his economic agenda.

He also criticized the Fed last week after the stock market's selloff, telling reporters the central bank had "gone crazy" and is "out of control".

Trump followed up previous strong attacks on the Fed by complaining again that interest rates are rising too quickly.

The president has stepped up those attacks in recent weeks, going so far in an interview Tuesday as calling the Fed's rate hikes "my biggest threat".

U.S. presidents usually remain silent on such issues in respect toward the Fed's independence.

President Donald Trump's unhappiness with the Federal Reserve for hiking interest rates seems to be having little sway with policymakers.

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In minutes from last month's central bank rate-setting meeting, which unanimously agreed a third rise of the year, policymakers said further rate hikes "would most likely be consistent" with current economic indicators. "I put a couple of other people there I'm not so happy with too but for the most part I'm very happy with people". The Fed continues to debate the precise short-term neutral rate, while its median estimate for a long-run neutral rate is 3 percent.

A decade on from the start of the financial crisis the economy is growing at a faster rate than expected, inflation is firming and the unemployment rate remains at a record low, the Fed's record showed.

However, other officials argued that they would not favor adopting a restrictive policy "in the absence of clear signs of an overheating economy and rising inflation".

Furthermore, "some" at the meeting said that risks grew as the USA economy increasingly outpaces its rivals' more sluggish growth "because of the potential for further strengthening of the dollar".

Under Powell, the Fed has been gradually raising rates as the economy has strengthened as a way to prevent a run-up in inflation.

Companies facing higher materials costs told the Fed they had an 'increased ability to raise the prices of their products, ' according to the minutes.

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