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US Economics Weekly

30 November, 2018

The Powell put and Trump’s gut

Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s language earlier this week prompted some in the markets to claim he had taken a sudden dovish turn, possibly in response to pointed criticism from President Donald Trump. We suspect that Powell was simply trying to row back his off-the-cuff suggestion last month that interest rates were still a long way below neutral, which always looked odd when the Fed had recently stopped describing the stance of policy as accommodative. More generally, the comments this week from Powell

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