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With inflation elusive, two Fed policymakers lay out a welcome mat

16 May 2019

SANTA BARBARA, Calif./WASHINGTON Worried that current low inflation expectations will sap the U.S. central bank's ability to combat a future downturn, two Federal Reserve officials on Thursday made an unusual pitch: if inflation rises unexpectedly, the Fed should lay out the welcome mat.

Tariff tumult boosts view that Fed may cut U.S. rates

11 May 2019

MERIDIAN, Miss./SAN FRANCISCO U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to jack up tariffs on goods from China fuelled market bets Friday that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates later this year, with one Fed policymaker suggesting he could be receptive if economic data deteriorates.

Tariff tumult boosts view that Fed may cut U.S. rates

10 May 2019

MERIDIAN, Miss./SAN FRANCISCO, May 10 U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to jack up tariffs on goods from China fueled market bets Friday that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates later this year, with one Fed policymaker suggesting he could be receptive if economic data deteriorates.

RPT-UPDATE 1-Fed faces tough sell on inflation framework

06 May 2019

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 5 Federal Reserve policymakers fear they are ill-equipped to battle the next recession under their current inflation-targeting approach, and this year are well into an effort to vet new strategies for managing interest rates in a world of muted inflation and low borrowing costs.

Fed faces tough sell on inflation framework

06 May 2019

PALO ALTO, Calif. Federal Reserve policymakers fear they are ill-equipped to battle the next recession under their current inflation-targeting approach, and this year are well into an effort to vet new strategies for managing interest rates in a world of muted inflation and low borrowing costs.

Fed faces tough sell on inflation framework

05 May 2019

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 5 Federal Reserve policymakers fear they are ill-equipped to battle the next recession under their current inflation-targeting approach, and this year are well into an effort to vet new strategies for managing interest rates in a world of muted inflation and low borrowing costs.

Fed 'insurance' rate cut not likely soon as economy hums along

03 May 2019

SAN FRANCISCO Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell was criticized by analysts and investors this week when he seemed to set aside concerns about weak U.S. inflation, repeatedly describing its recent decline as temporary and dimming market expectations of an interest rate cut.

RPT-Fed's Bullard says he is open to rate cut if inflation stays low

03 May 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, May 3 The Federal Reserve may need to cut interest rates to boost inflation and regain credibility if inflation remains sluggish beyond the second quarter, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said on Friday.

Some U.S. Fed officials are more worried by weak inflation

03 May 2019

STOCKHOLM/STANFORD, Calif. Two Federal Reserve policymakers on Friday said they were increasingly worried about weak inflation, an indication that some U.S. central bankers see a growing case for a future interest rate cut even as others push for continued patience.

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