Fed’s Clarida Is Stepping Down Before His Term Ends

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Richard Clarida.

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Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said on Monday he would resign from the Fed on Friday, two weeks after his term ends.

Clarida’s resignation comes amid concerns over his disclosures and business activity at the start of the pandemic. He is the third senior Fed official to resign amid such concerns since late September.

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In Clarida’s case, early disclosures revealed that it had bought into a stock fund on February 27, 2020, a day before the Fed issued a statement calling for a possible interest rate cut in response to the worsening pandemic. The signal was, in a move initially described as a rebalancing trade. But a revised disclosure filed last month showed that he had sold the same stock to the fund three days earlier, raising questions about the alleged rebalancing. the new York Times was the first to report the revised disclosures.

A Fed Ethics official said in a letter accompanying the updated disclosure that he believes Clarida is in compliance with laws and regulations regarding conflicts of interest, according to wall street journal , The newspaper quoted Clarida as saying at a virtual conference in October that she had always behaved with respect in relation to public service obligations.

In a letter to President Joe Biden announcing his resignation, Clarida said it was a “distinctive honor and an immense privilege” to serve on the Fed’s board of governors. He considered actions taken by the Fed in early 2020 to brace the economy for the impact of the pandemic.

“I am proud to work with my Federal Reserve colleagues as we have, in just a few weeks, implemented historic policy measures that, in combination with fiscal policy, have lifted the economy out of depression and which have led to a strong economic recovery. Has supported improvement in activity and employment since,” wrote Clarida.

During Clarida’s time at the Fed, the central bank revamped its process for setting interest rates, namely by allowing inflation to run above its target rate of 2%, where inflation was lower. Basically, this means the Fed is not on auto-pilot to raise interest rates and will allow inflation to warm up a bit to support the labor market and economy, if necessary.

“Rich’s contribution to our monetary policy discussions and his leadership in the Fed’s first public review of our monetary policy framework will leave a lasting impact on central banking,” Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said. “I will miss his wise advice and vital insight.”

Before becoming a board member and vice president in September 2018, Clarida was Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Columbia University.

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