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Hawkish Squawks From the Fed's Lacker
Originally published Feb. 14 at 9:08 a.m. EST
With his retirement ahead in October, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker wants to cement his reputation as a hawk on the Fed even though he doesn't vote in his last year. "With unemployment at or below levels corresponding to maximum sustainable employment and with inflation very close to our announced target of 2%, significantly higher rates are warranted," he stated. The underline is mine. As to when to hike next, he recommends "sooner rather than later in order to reduce the risks associated with having to raise rates more rapidly later on."
Non-voting Dallas Fed member Robert Kaplan also said something similar late yesterday on the timing.
As both don't vote, it really doesn't matter what they think, especially Lacker, because he has been a longtime hawk anyway. Chairwoman Janet Yellen, Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer and the New York Fed's William Dudley rule the Fed roost.
Checking Out Some of My LongsOriginally published Feb. 13 at 8:51 a.m. EDT
Oaktree Capital Group (OAK - Get Report) continued its leafy growth, spurting another $0.75 to $45.70 on Friday. The shares now have risen from about $37 near year-end. For those with a shorter time frame (of less than six to 12 months) some profit taking may be in order. Indeed, I likely will pare back a bit on strength at around current levels. As I have mentioned, it's hard for me to figure out The Mighty Oak's stock influences.