Powell press conference

FOMC Statement and Powell Press Conference

November 3, 2021

The FOMC statement as expected laid out a schedule of tapered new asset purchases that will phase out that activity altogether after next June. Today’s statement indicates another unanimous 11-0 decision but does not address the timing of a subsequent interest rate lift-off. Monthly increases in Fed holdings of Treasury Securities will be reduced by […] More

Comments on Fed Chairman Powell’s Press Conference

September 16, 2020

The fact that two dissents were cast against the forward guidance did not get raised in Q&A until late in the press conference and elicited an unconcerned response from the chairman, who observed 1) that the dissents represented opposite sides of the policy spectrum, 2) that all committee members were in favor of a restructured […] More

Takeaways from Jerome Powell’s Press Conference

September 18, 2019

Fed Chairman Powell didn’t say anything particularly surprising at today’s press conference. His answers to a wide rage of questions, some on awkward topics like the one-directional abusive criticism of the Fed coming from the White House, were predictable on several levels. His comments adhered to long-established Fed stances such as the data dependency of […] More