Here’s everything Fed Chair Powell told the Congress on Wednesday

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on Jun 22, 2022
  • Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve testified before Congress on Wednesday.
  • A brief recap of everything Jerome Powell told the Congress this morning.
  • The benchmark S&P 500 index closed roughly flat at 3,760 on Wednesday.

Jerome Powell – the Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve testified before Congress on the battle against inflation and state of the economy on Wednesday. Here’s everything he told the Senate Banking Committee.

A brief recap of Powell’s remarks

  • It’s not at all too late for us to bring inflation back down
  • Likelihood of a recession is not particularly elevated
  • We want to get the housing market back on a more sustainable path
  • Composition of U.S. inflation is different from other major economies
  • Ukraine is not the primary driver of inflation in the United States
  • Low confidence readings are directly related to high inflation
  • We want wages to be moving up at the highest sustainable rate

The benchmark S&P 500 index closed roughly flat on Wednesday.

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Fed is strongly committed to address inflation

Power is testifying to the Congress a week after he raised interest rates by 75 basis points (biggest hike since 1994) to tame inflation. He reiterated to Congress on Wednesday that the Fed is “strongly committed” to addressing higher prices.

The market has been reading our reaction function reasonably well. And what you’ll see is continued expeditious progress toward higher rates. The Committee wrote down last week that rates would be between 3.0% and 3.5% by the end of 2022.

Last week, Chairman Jay Powell also said that another 75 bps increase in the next policy meeting remains on the cards.

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