June 23, 2017 / 5:41 PM / 7 months ago

Rate hikes needed given U.S. economy 'pretty good': Mester

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is on a sound footing so the Federal Reserve must continue raising interest rates so as to avoid employment or inflation getting out of hand and causing a recession, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester said on Friday.

The rate hikes, she said, “are meant to keep the economy healthy, not to slow down the expansion,” she told a Fed-sponsored conference here. “The underlying economic fundamentals are pretty good right now.”

Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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