Head of the Federal Reserve bank in San Francisco John Williams

  • Says US economy can handle an interest rate increase
  • Says arguments from Rosengren, who dissented on Fed decision, are 'compelling'
  • It is getting harder and harder to justify incredibly low interest rates
  • He worries about getting too 'greedy' on reducing unemployment rate
  • Sees significant difference of view inside Fed
  • An easy way to convince markets Fed will raise rates is by raising rates
  • Says Yellen fully understands both sides, is right person to find way forward
  • He expects Yellen to stay until term ends in 2018, no matter who becomes president

Headlines via Reuters. Williams speaking in an interview. He is a non-voter at the FOMC this year. (Non-voters still participate in the discussions, though. And fetch coffee and donuts.)