Banker giving a speech

Federal Reserve chair Powell says keeping rates high for too long could jeopardize growth

Jerome Powell on Tuesday 9th July 2024 reportedly expressed concern that holding interest rates too high for too long could jeopardize economic growth. This comment came ahead of the consumer price index reading due this week.

Preparing for a two-day session on Capitol Hill, the central bank chief stated that the economy and labour market continue to be robust, even with some recent slowdown. Powell noted a slight reduction in inflation, affirming that policymakers are determined to reduce it to their target of 2%.

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

Sounds to me like he is paving the way for the first interest rate reduction.

The comment ties-in with the upcoming one-year period since the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) last increased the benchmark interest rates.

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