January 14, 2016 / 4:09 PM / 3 years ago

Fed's Bullard would rethink rate path if inflation expectations continue down

MEMPHIS (Reuters) - St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Thursday a continued decline in inflation expectations may change his outlook for further Fed rate hikes, though so far he feels the United States continues on a healthy track.

Bullard said he has so far been willing to look beyond a slip in expectations as likely passing, and tied to oil price declines that are likely to reverse.

“Now we are 18 months into this and I am starting to wonder if my story is the right one,” Bullard said. “For me inflation expectations are a key factor and if they continue to decline I would put increasing weight on that.”

Reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Andrea Ricci

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