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  • Fed Watch
August 27

The long-awaited Jackson Hole Summit has arrived. Chairman Powell gave his speech at 10 am EST on Friday and announced that the Central Bank was likely to begin tapering before the year ends while keeping his options open due to the Delta variant. The symposium...

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  • Fed Watch
July 16

Powell Stands Strong In Accommodative Posture At Testimony

Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell testified before Congress this week and, as usual, stuck to the expected talking points. He was pressed particularly hard on inflation by Republican lawmakers. You may or may not be surprised by what he said, but essentially it is more of the transitory narrative. Opposition...

  • Fed Watch
April 23

Powell Says Fed Will Not Allow Large Overshoot on Inflation

Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell answered a letter from Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) outlining concerns about a potentially significant rise in inflation. His response gave some more contours to the Fed’s intentions around it’s mysterious Adjustable Inflation Target (AIT) framework. The Fed chairman usually avoids tying himself into any obligatory...

  • Fed Watch
April 16

Powell Opines On Asset Purchases, Waller Says Economy ‘Ready To Rip’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell gave markets an important morsel this week when he opined on the timing of when the Fed would taper asset purchases in relation to when it would raise rates. He clarified that the world’s most important central bank will slow the pace of its bond...

  • Fed Watch
April 9

Powell Sees Recovery Ahead of Schedule, Bank Dividends to be Restored In June

When Fed Minutes are released and the market doesn’t react that’s generally a good thing. Despite the mini-tantrums of the first quarter over rates, the news from the Fed this week appeared to help rates settle down, which may have helped the mega-cap technology names regain some of their wings....

  • Fed Watch
February 27

Chairman Powell Testifies, Fed Payments System Goes Down

Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell testified on consecutive days before the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee, respectively. Chairman Powell, as he so often does, stuck closely to the script and tried to bob and weave his way around loaded questions and partisan punji pits. Powell has...

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