Comments from the Fed's Dudley in New York

  • Surprised by persistent inflation shortfall below 2%
  • Still appropriate to gradually remove policy accommodation
  • Expects inflation to rise and stabilize around 2%
  • Spending should advance and investments should keep rising
  • Expects surprisingly low inflation to rebound in medium term
  • Inflation may be held down by more 'fundamental structural' factors
  • The softer dollar and solid growth abroad also suggest that the trade sector will no longer be a significant drag on economic growth
  • Full speech

The topic of the speech was 'The monetary policy outlook and the importance of higher education for economic mobility'.

These comments are similar to what he's said recently. I don't see a signal here, he's been on the optimistic/gradual hike train for awhile.

Dudley will take questions from the audience later.