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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:03 AM

Powell: No 'rulebook' on trade, pledges the Fed will 'act as appropriate' to sustain the economy

Source: CNBC

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell repeated his pledge Friday to keep the economic expansion going while acknowledging that tariffs and other factors are causing growth to slow.

In his annual remarks at the central bank's Jackson Hole symposium, Powell offered little in the way of guidance on where he thinks rates should go, saying that the Fed "will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion," a phrase he has used several times in the recent past.

Looking at the Fed's dual mandate of full employment and price stability, Powell said the "economy is close to both goals. "Our challenge now is to do what monetary policy can do to sustain the expansion so that the benefits of the strong jobs market extend to more of those still left behind, and so that inflation is centered firmly around 2 percent."

He also outlined the challenges the Fed faces and indicated that for he and his fellow officials there are "no recent precedents to guide any policy response to the current situation."

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/23/powell-jackson-hole-speech.html




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Reply Powell: No 'rulebook' on trade, pledges the Fed will 'act as appropriate' to sustain the economy (Original post)
demmiblue Aug 23 OP
Newest Reality Aug 23 #1
Mersky Aug 23 #3
saidsimplesimon Aug 24 #7
BumRushDaShow Aug 23 #2
riversedge Aug 23 #4
BumRushDaShow Aug 23 #5
Tommy_Carcetti Aug 23 #6

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:08 AM

1. HAHAHAHA!

A good morning laugh is healthy.

Minitrue and Miniplenty gonna' be working hard at the versificator. That's ++good!

I hope they are going to raise the chocorat a few grams, too.

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:29 AM

3. doubleplusgood LOL!!! nt

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Response to Newest Reality (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 24, 2019, 02:51 PM

7. Just duckie dandy and bat

poop on steroids, I am laughing that hysterical version of my laugh that verges on maniacal.

I'm heeded to my stash of chocolate covered pecans.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:14 AM

2. WaPo article

Fed Chair Powell vows to ‘sustain the expansion’ but doesn’t commit to the deep interest rate cuts Trump wants


By Heather Long
August 23 at 10:00 AM

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said Friday that the trade war is a “complex, turbulent” situation and he vowed the central bank will “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion,” suggesting another interest rate cut may be coming but not the large decline President Trump has urged. “Our economy is in a favorable place," Powell said, according to prepared remarks, but he added that there are “significant risks," especially from trade policy uncertainty. Twice during his speech here at the Kansas City Fed’s annual monetary policy symposium, Powell reiterated that the Fed’s overriding goal is to ensure the economy continues to grow and the central bank would do what was necessary to make that happen. “Our challenge now is to do what monetary policy can do to sustain the expansion so that the benefits of the strong jobs market extend to more of those still left behind,” Powell said.

Trump has lashed out at the Fed almost daily, calling on Powell to lower interest rates a full percentage point from just shy of 2.25 percent now down to 1.25 percent, the type of action that is typically done when the economy is in a recession or dangerous situation. “Now the Fed can show their stuff!,” Trump tweeted shortly before Powell’s speech Friday morning.

In his remarks, Powell repeatedly characterized the U.S. economy as in a good place with low unemployment, solid growth and strong consumer spending, painting a picture of an economy that could possibly use a small boost but does not need massive aid. “The U.S. economy has continued to perform well overall, driven by consumer spending,” Powell said. “It will be appropriate at times for us to tilt policy one way or the other because of prominent risks.”

Wall Street investors now predict a 96 percent chance the Fed will cut rates by a quarter of a percentage point at its upcoming meeting in mid-September to about 2 percent. After Trump announced his latest plans to put more tariffs on nearly all Chinese imports ahead of the busy Christmas shopping season, investors briefly thought the Fed might do a more dramatic interest rate cut, but a number of Fed leaders have made it clear there is little support for that.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/23/fed-chair-powell-vows-sustain-expansion-he-doesnt-commit-deep-interest-rate-cuts-trump-wants/

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 10:52 AM

4. Trumpy vile response: ....My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powel or Chairman Xi?





Donald J. Trump
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....My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powel or Chairman Xi?
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Nick Inabeanfield @rollingTrump
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When everyone around you is the "enemy". Maybe it's a you problem not a them problem.



Jeff Tiedrich
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it's just our very stable president calling an American citizen an enemy. nothing to see here, move along





Donald J. Trump
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As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can “speak” without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work “brilliantly” with both, and the U.S. will do great...
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Donald J. Trump
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Now the Fed can show their stuff!

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Response to riversedge (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:02 AM

5. We knew that was coming!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Aug 23, 2019, 11:20 AM

6. Meanwhile, the Madman will act inappropriately in sabatagoing the economy....

....for some self-perceived slight to his ego.

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