ATLANTA, March 25 A strengthening economy could
push the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the
second half of next year, a top Fed official said on Tuesday.
"That still is my view," Dennis Lockhart, president of the
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, told an investment conference.
He added that the rate hike would likely come more than six
months after the end of the central bank's current bond-buying
"That is a really a minimum, not a maximum," he said. "(I)
think that it's going to be longer than that."
(Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Leslie Adler)