Feb 7, 2020
Feds Quarles: Important to focus on size of fed balance sheet relative to GDP, not on absolute size
Vice-Chair and Fed’s Quarles says transition away from LIBOR rate needs to be accelerated in comments further to what we heard earlier.
- Quarles says there was plenty of cash in banking system in September but it wouldn’t move to where it was needed.
- Quarles says unexpected friction in the movement of cash suggests more reserves are needed.
- Quarles says it’s important to focus on size of Fed balance sheet relative to GDP, not on absolute size.
- Quarles says he is not convinced consumer inflation expectations are declining.
US Fed Vice Chair Randal Quarles: There is still slack in the labor market.