Powell should ease US monetary policy, Financial instability series

Banking, Comment, Finance, Markets, News — By on January 30, 2019 at 7:30 AM

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Commentary: Powell should ease US monetary policy

By Desmond Lachman in Washington

In 2017, a key monetary policy mistake of the US Federal Reserve under Janet Yellen was to keep monetary policy too loose despite a strong increase in US stock prices. Hopefully Jay Powell does not make that mistake in reverse by keeping monetary policy unnecessarily tight despite a large fall in US equity prices. Powell’s change of tone on the need for further interest rate increases this year was encouraging. Hopefully, he will go further and suggest it is considering the case for an easing in monetary policy.

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