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In the following months, it’s possible that the US Federal Reserve may dramatically increase interest rates

On Friday, the head of the United States Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, gave a message that was both stern and clear: the Fed will most likely impose further significant rate rises in the coming months, and the Fed is determinedly focused on controlling the highest inflation in four decades.

Powell additionally warned more explicitly than he has up to now that the Fed’s continued tightening of credit will cause pain for a lot of households and companies as its higher rates further sluggish the economy and probably result in job losses. This is because the Fed’s continued tightening of credit will cause pain for a lot of households and companies as its higher rates.

In a speech that received a lot of attention at the Federal Reserve’s annual financial conference in Jackson Gap, Wyoming, he made the statement, “These are the unfortunate costs of reducing inflation.”

Buyers had been looking for a signal that the Federal Reserve may soon moderate its planned price hike for the latter part of this year if inflation were to reveal fresh indications of easing. Powell, though, suggested that the threshold is probably not even close to being reached. The Dow Jones was down 1.7%, the S&P 500 was down 2.1%, and the Nasdaq was down 2.6% after early trading was completed.

After elevating its key brief time period price by 75bps (100bps = 1 share level) at each of its previous two conferences — a part of the Fed’s quickest collection of price will increase since the early Eighties — Powell stated that the Fed may ease up on that tempo “sooner or later,” suggesting that any such slowing isn’t close to. However, Powell did say that the Fed may ease up on that tempo “sooner or later.”

Powell indicated that the size of the Fed’s price increase at its second meeting in late September — whether it be 50 or 75 basis points (bps) — would depend on the inflation and jobs statistics that is released at that time. However, an increase in either measurement would be more than the typical increase of 25 basis points that the Fed would implement, which is a reflection of how severe inflation has become.

Powell’s speech is the highlight of the Federal Reserve’s annual financial symposium, which is being held at Jackson Gap this year. This is the first time since 2019 that the annual convention of central bankers is being held in person; prior to that, it had been held virtually for the previous two years due to the pandemic.

David Faber
I am a Business Journalist of The National Era
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