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Powell Adopts an Inflation Stance Yellen Shunned

  • Fed’s strategy shift could presage even bigger changes to come
  • Yellen now supports switch to 2% average inflation target
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Fed to Stay Where It Is for a 'Long, Long Time,' Freris Says

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues have made an important shift in their strategy for dealing with inflation in a prelude to what could be a more radical change next year.

The central bank has backed off the interest-rate hikes it had been delivering to avoid a potentially dangerous rise in inflation that economic theory says could result from the hot jobs market. Instead, Powell & Co. have put policy on hold until sub-par inflation rises convincingly.