Fed’s Powell Downplays Inflation Risk With Expectations Anchored

  • Keeps central bank on track for gradual interest-rate hikes
  • Central-bank chief calls recent wage increases ‘quite welcome’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell welcomed recent increases in Americans’ wages while expressing confidence that low unemployment won’t spur a takeoff in prices that would force him to hike interest rates aggressively.

“The rise in wages is broadly consistent with observed rates of price inflation and labor productivity growth and therefore does not point to an overheating labor market,” Powell said in the text of a speech Tuesday in Boston. “Further, higher wage growth alone need not be inflationary.”


Christopher Condon & Jeanna Smialek | Bloomberg

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