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Jerome Powell targets 2% average inflation, focus shifts to jobs

Fed's new approach would allow for prices to overshoot target

Jerome Powell

File photo of Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell

Jonnelle Marte, Ann Saphir and Howard Schneider | Reuters
The Federal Reserve on Thursday rolled out an aggressive new strategy to restore the United States to full employment and lift inflation back to healthier levels in a world where it now believes that "downward risks to employment and inflation have increased."

Under the new approach, laid out in a fresh statement on the Fed's longer-run goals and monetary policy strategy approved by all 17 of its policymakers, the US central bank will seek to achieve inflation averaging 2 per cent over time, offsetting below-2 per cent periods with higher inflation "for some time," and to ensure employment doesn't fall short

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First Published: Aug 28 2020 | 2:11 AM IST

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