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Powell may signal future rate cuts, but would they matter?

Under the glare of a spotlight, Chairman Jerome Powell may signal Friday what the Federal Reserve will do – or can do – to strengthen the economy and restore confidence at a time of nagging uncertainties and global weaknesses.

Robert J. Samuelson: The Fed and the jobs punch bowl

The Fed increasingly sees itself as a social agency dedicated to job creation. That – more than the effect on stock prices – is the real story behind the Fed’s recent decision to cut interest rates by a quarter point.

Fed cuts key rate in its first reduction in more than decade

The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump’s trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook.

Powell says bank stress tests need to keep evolving

Powell called the tests, which determine whether a bank could survive a severe economic downturn, one of the “most successful supervisory innovations” achieved in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

Fed repeats pledge to act to sustain economic expansion

The Federal Reserve on Friday repeated its pledge to “act as appropriate” to sustain the current economic expansion, now the longest in U.S. history, while noting that most Fed officials have lowered their expectations for the future course of interest rates.

Powell says economy facing growing uncertainties

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday the economic outlook has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central bank to reassess its next move on interest rates.

Trump says he plans to keep criticizing Fed over rates

President Donald Trump says he has no intention of ending his public attacks on the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policies even though he knows he has made Chairman Jerome Powell’s job more difficult.

Powell hints Fed will cut rates if needed over trade wars

Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Federal Reserve is prepared to respond to the Trump administration’s trade conflicts to protect the U.S. economy, signaling that the Fed will cut interest rates if necessary.

A Trump dilemma: Finding a dovish GOP ally to serve on Fed

The withdrawal Thursday of Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s choice for the Federal Reserve board, has thrown a spotlight on the tough task Trump has set for himself: Finding a rare conservative ally who both favors cutting interest rates and is respected enough to win Senate confirmation.

Dana Milbank: Stephen Moore needs a vacation from women

Stephen Moore, one of President Trump’s many exotic picks to staff the federal government, declared this week that his opponents are “pulling a Kavanaugh against me.” Moore, Trump’s pick for the Federal Reserve Board, is so convinced he is being treated like Brett Kavanaugh, whose Supreme Court confirmation was marred by sexual-misconduct allegations, that he reportedly hired a PR firm that helped Kavanaugh.