Trump to nominated Moore for Federal Reserve board

Stephen Moore a conservative commentator and former Trump campaign adviser has joined the president in criticizing the Federal Reserve

Stephen Moore a conservative commentator and former Trump campaign adviser has joined the president in criticizing the Federal Reserve

President Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic commentator, to fill one of two vacancies on the Federal Reserve's seven-member board. "I have known Steve for a long time - and have no doubt he will be an outstanding choice!" the president wrote on Twitter, Xinhua reported.

The move comes just days after Moore penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that echoed some of Trump's attacks on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's economic policy.

The FOMC, the Fed's monetary policymaking body, continues to view sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee's symmetric 2 per cent objective as the most likely outcomes, said the statement.

Given his sharply partisan reputation, Moore could spark opposition among Democrats in the Senate.

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A spokeswoman for Republican Senator Crapo, who leads the Senate banking committee whose support is needed before a Fed governor can be appointed, declined to comment. He raised interest rates and shrank the Fed's bond holdings all through 2018 - until calling a halt to further monetary tightening on March 20.

There are now two vacancies on the seven-member Fed board, and nominations have to be approved by the Senate.

The comments were among the first made by a Fed policymaker since the US central bank made an unexpectedly dovish shift on Wednesday. Moore proposed that the Fed set short-term rates with the goal of stabilizing volatile commodity prices, rather than focusing on targeting overall inflation of 2 percent.

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So far this year, the Federal Reserve had been thrusting to guide the United States economy by controlling the interest rates, banks had been charging one another for immediate loans.

But he later added that "over time, obviously, we want to reduce that balance sheet and not have these massive amounts of debt on the Fed balance sheet".

On Wednesday, during its second monetary policy meeting of the year, the Fed voted to hold the benchmark federal funds rate steady.

This approach, Moore has argued, would help spur economic growth in excess of 3 percent, instead of the longer-run average of 1.9 percent that Fed officials forecast.

The spread between yields on three-month Treasury bills and 10-year notes fell below zero for the first time since 2007 after USA manufacturing data missed estimates.

"I'm going have study up" on that, he said.

Fed officials on Wednesday penciled in a long-term growth estimate of 1.9 per cent for the USA economy.

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