Looking ahead.Powell has cut interest rates by 75 basis points this year, but he appears to be hitting pause for the foreseeable future.
"At the President's invitation, Chair Powell met with the President and the Treasury Secretary Monday morning at the White House to discuss the economy, growth, employment and inflation". The central bank has cut its benchmark short-term rate three times this year to try to support the economy.
"Chair Powell said that he and his colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee will set monetary policy, as required by law, to support maximum employment and stable prices and will make those decisions based exclusively on careful, objective and non-political analysis", the statement from the Federal Reserve read. He added that they discussed "interest rates, negative interest, low inflation, easing, Dollar strength and its effect on manufacturing, trade with China, EU and others, etc".
The Federal Reserve said Friday that corporate debt remains at historically high levels but overall the US financial system is resilient, a view in sharp contrast to the problems that led to the 2008 financial crisis.
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Almost two years ago, unrest over poor living standards led to some calling on Shi'ite Muslim clerical leaders to step down. But subsidizing prices both benefited Iran's wealthy and spurred gasoline smuggling to neighboring countries.
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"Powell said that he and his colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee will set monetary policy, as required by law, to support maximum employment and stable prices and will make those decisions based exclusively on careful, objective and non-political analysis", the statement said. The president has called Fed officials "boneheads" and has asserted that the economy and stock market would be performing better if rates were lower or even negative as in Europe and Japan.
Powell's statement said the Federal Reserve would continue to set monetary policy independently.
Powell met with Trump in February and has also had at least three brief phone conversations with him.
His attacks, including an August tweet asking "Who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?", referring to China's president, have shattered a decades-long White House tradition of avoiding public comment on monetary policy out of respect for the Fed's independence.
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Meetings between Fed chairs and presidents are not unprecedented but they are infrequent, as opposed to the almost weekly sessions that central bankers have with the head of the Treasury.