Latest News

Fed Chair Powell: Raise Rates in March, Effects of Invasion "highly uncertain"

0

by Calculated Risk on 3/02/2022 08:43:00 AM

Watch Live here at 10 AM ET.

An excerpt from prepared testimony of Fed Chair Pro Tempore Powell: Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress

Our monetary policy has been adapting to the evolving economic environment, and it will continue to do so. We have phased out our net asset purchases. With inflation well above 2 percent and a strong labor market, we expect it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate at our meeting later this month.

The process of removing policy accommodation in current circumstances will involve both increases in the target range of the federal funds rate and reduction in the size of the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet. As the FOMC noted in January, the federal funds rate is our primary means of adjusting the stance of monetary policy. Reducing our balance sheet will commence after the process of raising interest rates has begun, and will proceed in a predictable manner primarily through adjustments to reinvestments.

The near-term effects on the U.S. economy of the invasion of Ukraine, the ongoing war, the sanctions, and of events to come, remain highly uncertain. Making appropriate monetary policy in this environment requires a recognition that the economy evolves in unexpected ways. We will need to be nimble in responding to incoming data and the evolving outlook.
emphasis added

ADP: Private Employment Increased 475,000 in February

Previous article

Sentiment Stabilized Somewhat But Euro Remains Pressured

Next article

You may also like

Comments

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Latest News