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Fed's Powell says taper could start in November, finish in mid-2022

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US Fed chief Jerome Powell
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Matthew Boesler | Bloomberg
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank could begin scaling back asset purchases as soon as November and complete the process by mid-2022, after officials revealed a growing inclination to raise interest rates next year.

Powell, explaining the US central bank’s first steps toward withdrawing emergency pandemic support for the economy, told reporters Wednesday that tapering “could come as soon as the next meeting.”

That refers to the policy gathering on Nov. 2-3, though he left the door open to waiting longer if needed and stressed that tapering was not meant to be a direct signal on the

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First Published: Sep 23 2021 | 1:14 AM IST

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