“Inflation should come down, but I don’t expect its drop to be immediate nor predictable,” said Barkin, who isn’t a voter on the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee this year. “Significant shocks simply take time to dampen,” he said, referring to the disruptions created by the Covid-19 pandemic, supply-chain snarls, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The move was recommended by the Financial Policy Committee, amid fears of a “material risk” to financial stability if the dysfunction continued. “This would lead to an unwarranted tightening of financing conditions and a reduction of the flow of credit to the real economy,” the BOE said. It is not a monetary policy decision.