Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell admitted on Wednesday how little he understands soaring inflation.
“I think we now understand better how little we understand about inflation,” Powell stated at the European Central Bank forum on central banking in Sintra, Portugal. “This was unpredicted,” the expert admitted.
Powell is in charge of reducing President Biden’s 40-year-high inflation by a difficult process of increasing interest rates. By law, the Federal Reserve is charged with a dual mandate of pursuing maximum employment and stable prices.
“We believe we can do that. That is our aim,” he said. “It’s gotten harder… the pathways have gotten narrower.”
“The process is highly likely to involve some pain but the worst pain would be from failing to address this high inflation and allowing it to become persistent,” he continued.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell: "I think we now understand better how little we understand about inflation."
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