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New Federal Reserve chairman has an economic tailwind

One of Powell's virtues for the job is that he understands markets

Craig Torres & Rich Miller | Bloomberg 

Jerome Powell said to be President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next Federal Reserve chairman, is set to take the reins of the world’s most important central bank at a time when the US economy is on a roll. Growth is accelerating, inflation is tame and unemployment is the lowest in 16 years. Such a backdrop should initially enable a new Fed chairman to keep gradually raising interest rates from historic lows with the aim of stretching out what is already the third-longest US upswing. Expansions don’t die of old age. Rather, they typically are brought down by the ...

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First Published: Fri, November 03 2017. 02:13 IST