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Powell Likely to Push Back on Bond-Market Doubts Over Fed Policy

  • Fed chief seen reaffirming looser for longer stance Thursday
  • Powell wants bond market aligned with Fed’s objectives
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WATCH: HSBC’s Steven Major says bond markets are worried that short-term inflation can stick.Source: Bloomberg

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will probably seek to convince suddenly skeptical financial markets on Thursday that the central bank will be ultra-patient in pulling back its support for the economy after the pandemic has ended.

Rather than trying to cap rising long-term interest rates, Fed watchers expect Powell to use his appearance at a Wall Street Journal webinar to reaffirm the Fed’s determination to meet its revamped employment and inflation goals by keeping monetary policy looser for longer, and to make clear he’d like to avoid a repeat of last week’s disorderly bond market.