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Fed’s Powell Says Gradual Rate Hikes Are the Best Path ‘For Now’ – Bloomberg

  • He sees strong job market, tame inflation ‘next several years’
  • He tells Congress it’s hard to predict impact of trade dispute

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank will continue to gradually raise interest rates “for now’’ to keep inflation near target amid a strong U.S. labor market.

The Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed panel that sets interest rates, “believes that — for now — the best way forward is to keep gradually raising the federal funds rate,” Powell said in prepared testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.

“We are aware that, on the one hand, raising interest rates too slowly may lead to high inflation or financial market excesses,” Powell said in the text of his remarks Tuesday. “On the other hand, if we raise rates too rapidly, the economy could weaken and inflation could run persistently below our objective.’’

Powell addresses Congress with the underpinnings of the U.S. expansion looking solid.  Read More…