No Big Movements As Powell Reiterates Dovish Stance
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told the House Financial Services Committee Wednesday that it was still too soon to scale back asset purchases while acknowledging that recent inflation readings had been “higher than expected”. On the other hand, he said that if high inflation persisted “we would absolutely change our policy as appropriate”.
In short, Powell reiterated his dovish stance and signaled that the Fed will be patient in tightening monetary stimulus since ‘substantial further progress’ is still a ‘ways off’.
The U.S. dollar slightly weakened after Powell’s speech but there were no significant market movements.
Powell will face more questions from the Senate banking panel today.
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