The Federal Reserve Banking System and Central Banks

Self-Check Question

Why is it important for the members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve to have longer terms in office than elected officials, like the President?

Hint:

Longer terms insulate the Board from political forces. Since the presidency can potentially change every four years, the Federal Reserve’s independence prevents drastic swings in monetary policy with every new administration and allows policy decisions to be made only on economic grounds.