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Wed Jul 10, 2024, 01:28 AM Wednesday

Fed Chair Powell says holding rates high for too long could jeopardize economic growth

Source: CNBC

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday expressed concern that holding interest rates too high for too long could jeopardize economic growth.

Setting the stage for a two-day appearance on Capitol Hill this week, the central bank leader said the economy remains strong as does the labor market, despite some recent cooling. Powell cited some easing in inflation, which he said policymakers stay resolute in bringing down to their 2% goal.

“At the same time, in light of the progress made both in lowering inflation and in cooling the labor market over the past two years, elevated inflation is not the only risk we face,” he said in prepared remarks. “Reducing policy restraint too late or too little could unduly weaken economic activity and employment.”

The commentary coincides with the approaching one-year anniversary of the last time the Federal Open Market Committee raised benchmark interest rates.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2024/07/09/fed-chief-powell-says-holding-rates-high-for-too-long-could-jeopardize-economic-growth.html

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