Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing on “The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress,” in front of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on February 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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‘Average inflation targeting’
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank formally agreed to a policy of “average inflation targeting.” In other words, the central bank will let inflation run “moderately” above its 2% goal for “some time.” Powell also hinted that unemployment data can stay lower for longer before the Fed starts thinking about raising rates. This led to a decline in short-term yields and gains along the long end of the yield curve.
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What happens next?
Data on consumer sentiment and personal income is set for release Friday.
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