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NY Fed’s Williams says it would take a ‘material’ change in economy for Fed to adjust stance

John Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, speaks during the Central Banking Forum on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Annual Meetings in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

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The Federal Reserve will have to see a substantial change in economic conditions before making any changes to its monetary policy stance, New York Fed President John Williams said Wednesday.

“Monetary policy is in a good place,” he spoke with CNBC’s Steve Liesman. ”But, as we’ve proven in the past, if economic conditions shift, change in a material way … obviously we’re ready to adjust our policy views accordingly.”

The Fed cut rates three times this year in a near-complete reversal of its 2018 policy moves. Last year, the central bank hiked rates four times. The last rate hike of 2018 added fuel to a massive year-end sell-off in the stock market.

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