News That Matters

Tag: Breaking News: Economy

Powell stresses need for Fed’s political independence while tackling inflation
Politics

Powell stresses need for Fed’s political independence while tackling inflation

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell attends a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 14, 2022.Liu Jie | Xinhua News Agency | Getty ImagesFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday stressed the need for the central bank to be free of political influence while it tackles persistently high inflation.In a speech delivered to Sweden's Riksbank, Powell noted that stabilizing prices requires making tough decisions that can be unpopular politically."Price stability is the bedrock of a healthy economy and provides the public with immeasurable benefits over time. But restoring price stability when inflation is high can require measures that are not popular in the short term as we raise interest rates to slow the economy," the chair said in prepared remarks."The absence of direc...