Fed’s Bullard: U.S. companies having no issues elevating costs

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – U.S. companies are having few issues elevating costs on prospects for the primary time in years, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard stated on Monday, as he warned that inflation may stay elevated for a while to return amid fears greater expectations develop into entrenched.

Bullard’s enterprise contacts in his Fed district and across the nation “typically say ‘don’t worry my company’s going to be profitable because I am going to raise prices and we’ve had no difficulty raising prices in this environment,'” Bullard stated throughout an occasion held by the International Economic Forum of the Americas.

Bullard is among the many strongest advocates on the U.S. central financial institution for aggressive strikes to fight higher-than-expected inflation and he sees two rate of interest hikes wanted in 2022. Interest charges stay close to zero at the moment, the place they’ve been because the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

“I am concerned about the changing mentality, I would say, around prices in the economy and the relative freedom that businesses feel that they can just pass on increased costs easily to their customers. For years, that’s not been the case,” Bullard added.

Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir; Editing by

St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard speaks at a public lecture in Singapore October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su