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Fed to Plow Ahead on Half-Point Hikes, Undeterred by Stock Slump

  • Central bankers view tighter financial conditions as helpful
  • ‘Volatile days’ are not an issue for the Fed focused on prices
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Fed Chair Powell talks about controlling inflation. Source: Bloomberg

Don’t count on Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to ride to the rescue of a faltering stock market -- at least not yet.

Kansas City Fed President Esther George said Thursday that the market rout was no surprise in light of the central bank’s repeated caution that it will continue raising interest rates to cool the hottest inflation in decades. While she acknowledged equities were having a “rough” week, her remarks in a CNBC interview did nothing to soften the tone set by Powell on Tuesday, who warned that officials seek “clear and convincing” evidence that price pressures are retreating.