Latest Jerome Powell News

Key inflation gauge slowed to still-high 6.3% over past year

May. 27, 2022 11:03 AM EDT

An inflation gauge closely tracked by the Federal Reserve rose 6.3% in April from a year earlier, the first slowdown since November 2020 and a sign that high prices may finally be moderating, at least for now. The inflation figure the Commerce Department reported Friday was below the...

Worry about stagflation, a flashback to '70s, begins to grow

May. 26, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stagflation. It was the dreaded “S word” of the 1970s. For Americans of a certain age, it conjures memories of painfully long lines at gas stations, shuttered factories and President Gerald Ford’s much-ridiculed “Whip Inflation Now” buttons. ...

Fed officials signal rates may head to 'restrictive' levels

May. 25, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials agreed when they met earlier this month that they may have to raise interest rates to levels that would weaken the economy as part of their drive to curb inflation, which is near a four-decade high. At the same time, many of the...

Kansas City Fed President Esther George announces retirement

May. 25, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Esther George, said Wednesday that she will retire in January, as required by the Fed's mandatory retirement rules. George, who has typically supported higher interest rates to ward off inflation — a...

Powell: 'Soft' economic landing may be out of Fed's control

May. 24, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, fresh off winning Senate confirmation for a second term earlier in the day, acknowledged for the first time Thursday that high inflation and economic weakness overseas could thwart his efforts to avoid causing a recession. For...

Asian stocks rise after Wall St slips closer to bear market

May. 20, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Friday after Wall Street fell closer to bear territory, China cut a key interest rate and Japanese inflation edged higher. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Oil prices fell more than $1 per barrel. ...

Fed nominee Michael Barr calls inflation 'far too high'

May. 19, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's pick to be the Federal Reserve's top banking regulator pledged Thursday to help reduce high inflation and provide “clear rules” to govern financial innovation. “I strongly believe that inflation is far too high today and I’m...

Biden's burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to US woes

May. 18, 2022 14:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden embarks for Asia on Thursday, he's facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the pandemic shutting down Chinese cities and factories. The world economy...

Asia stocks mixed after Wall St gain, Powell warns on rates

May. 17, 2022 23:33 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday after Wall Street rose and the Federal Reserve's chairman said it will raise interest rates further if needed to cool inflation. Shanghai and Hong Kong declined. Tokyo and Seoul advanced. Oil prices rose to stay above $110 per...

Powell: Fed to keep hiking rates until it controls inflation

May. 17, 2022 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Jerome Powell on Tuesday underscored the Federal Reserve's determination to keep raising interest rates until there is clear evidence inflation is steadily falling — a high-stakes effort that carries the risk of causing an eventual recession. The Fed's...