In an interview with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo yesterday, Richmond Fed president Jeffrey Lacker refused to offer any clear sign as to when the central bank might finally end its zero-bound policy and begin raising rates. When asked whether he was worried about future inflation, Lacker said he thinks "we're in a good place with inflation right now." And when asked whether the U.S. would move to lift rates in 2010, he said, "It could take longer than that."
Look, I would have asked Lacker if the Fed will tighten policy in my lifetime. He wouldn't even commit to 2010.
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