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Powell Signals Fed to Keep Buying Bonds Even as Outlook Improves

Feb. 23, 2021, 6:52 PM

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell signaled that the central bank was nowhere close to pulling back on its support for the pandemic-damaged U.S. economy even as he voiced expectations for a return to more normal, improved activity later this year.

“The economy is a long way from our employment and inflation goals, and it is likely to take some time for substantial further progress to be achieved,” he told the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday.

Jerome Powell
Photographer: Al Drago/The New York Times/Bloomberg

He also played down concerns of an inflationary outbreak from another big fiscal stimulus package or from an unleashing of pent-up demand as a growing...

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