Fed's Lacker: Fed communication going through 'rocky' patch

WASHINGTON, June 26 Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:37pm EDT

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - A senior Federal Reserve official said on Wednesday the U.S. central bank's communication efforts had been going through a tough patch, after a week of intense market volatility following news it would scale back its bond buying later this year.

"It has been a rocky period over the last couple of months for communication from the Fed," Jeffrey Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, told Bloomberg television.

He also warned the U.S. economy could face a few more years of sluggish growth, but played down fears that current low levels of inflation could push the economy into a damaging deflationary trap.

"The low inflation numbers have given me pause. But I'll have to say I am convinced so far that they appear to be transitory ... I'm pretty confident it will pick up," he said.

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