Richmond's Lacker on the economic outlook for 2006

In the speech 'The economic outlook for 2006' given on 18 January, Jeffrey Lacker of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said it's still "too soon" to say the threat to inflation presented by soaring energy prices is over.

``Monetary policy should respond to energy shocks by remaining focused on price stability,'' Lacker said in his remarks at Towson University's 2006 Economic Outlook Conference in Baltimore. ``I think it is too soon to declare that `pass- through risk' is entirely behind us

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