Fed official: Zero rates raise risk of future inflation

By keeping short-term rates at zero, the Federal Reserve risks future inflation, a top Fed official warned Thursday.

Speaking in Washington, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said the economy was nearly back to "normal" and that "there is no reason to continue to experiment with extreme policy."

By keeping short-term interest rates near zero for seven years, Bullard said, the central bank has put the economy at "considerable risk of future inflation."

He issued the warning although annual inflation has been running close to zero in recent months and the Fed is expected to raise its short-term interest rate target at its next meeting in December.

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