(Adds comment on economy, market expectations)
NEW YORK Nov 30 A centrist Federal Reserve
president on Wednesday said he backed an interest rate hike "in
the near future," adding to the very high odds that the U.S.
central bank will tighten monetary policy next month.
Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan told reporters he had
been "comfortable" with a rate hike at policy meetings in both
September and early November. "My view has not changed. I
believe we are at the point where we ought to be removing some
amount of accommodation in the near future," he said.
Earlier on Wednesday he said he would "advocate that we take
further action" to raise rates next year as long as the economy
continues to approach the Fed's inflation and employment goals.
Futures traders see a 90 percent chance that the Fed raises
rates a quarter of a percentage point after a Dec. 13-14 policy
(Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)