Larry Kudlow is set to make his way into the White House as the new chief economic advisor, replacing Gary Cohn, and he’s wasted no time in bringing his opinion on the US economy to the table.
Shortly after the news was announced, Kudlow gave his thoughts on a variety of financial topics, including the US dollar, which he said he wants to see grow stronger.
“A great country needs a strong currency, [Trump] knows that,” Kudlow said in an interview with CNBC. “I have no reason to believe that President Trump opposes a sound and stable dollar.”
He elaborated by saying he’d like to see the dollar “a wee bit stronger than it is currently,” adding that “stability is the key.”
“I’m not saying the dollar has to go up 30 percent, I’m just saying let the rest of the world know that we are going to keep the world’s international reserve currency steady,” Kudlow said. “That creates confidence at home.”
Despite his brand-new membership within the White House, Kudlow held nothing back when talking about the US Federal Reserve, a subject typically shied away from by officials to help preserve the Fed’s independence.
He commented that the central bank should make it a point to not “overdo it” with regards to hiking interest rates. “Growth is not inflationary. Just let it rip, for heaven’s sake,” Kudlow said.
What caught the attention of analysts, however, was Kudlow’s advice to investors — he said he “would buy King Dollar and sell gold.” The precious metal saw an influence on Thursday from Kudlow’s statement, dropping $10.50 to US$1,315.10 an ounce by 3:00 p.m. EST.
The Fed is scheduled to meet next week from March 20 to 21. Jerome Powell, the newly instated chair, rattled investors earlier this month with comments suggesting there could be more interest rate hikes than expected this year. US inflation data released this week has helped to allay those concerns.
Higher interest rates tend to be positive for the dollar, but can weigh on non-interest-bearing assets like precious metals.
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