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Jerome Powell says interest rate cuts will do nothing for U.S. economy

TL;DR

  • Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, insists cutting interest rates won’t help the U.S. economy now.
  • U.S. inflation slightly increased to 2.5% in February, aligning with expectations.
  • Powell highlights the uncertain and bumpy journey towards the Fed’s 2% inflation target.

Jerome Powell, the man in charge of the Federal Reserve, pretty much just told us that cutting interest rates right now is as useful as a screen door on a submarine. Man’s hanging tight, insisting that unless the economic scene shifts big time, rates are staying put. Now, if you were hoping for some wizardry to boost the U.S. economy, Powell’s little speech might feel like a cold shower.

I know it does to me.

Economic Rollercoaster: The U.S. Edition

Let’s get into this a bit further, shall we?

U.S. inflation, that sneaky thief, nudged up to 2.5% in February. The number met the forecasts but still managed to inch up from January’s 2.4%. Powell, keeping his cool, admitted that reaching their 2% inflation goal is turning out to be more like herding cats.

Despite their best efforts, controlling America’s economy is unbelievably hard. Who’d have thought, huh?

Now Powell, at a conference in San Francisco, expressed his frustration towards the bumpy ride his job has been over the past two years. When pressed about the future of inflation, he basically told us we’re all in a wait-and-see game. The Fed’s economists have predicted a rate cut down the road, but let’s not pop the champagne just yet.

The current rate is chilling at a 23-year peak, thanks to their aggressive moves last year.

And despite the global economy acting like a moody teenager, the U.S. is somehow pulling off some level of exceptionalism. Homegirl’s like that one person at all the frat parties who somehow never ends up with a hangover. This unique position means Powell and his crew can afford to chill for now, taking their sweet time before making any rate cuts. At least that’s what he says.

However, this doesn’t mean they’re immune to surprises. Rising petrol costs and shipping kerfuffles, from the Panama to the Suez canals, keep dunking on them harddd.

The Complex Web of Inflation and Growth

Not everyone’s convinced we’ll see rate cuts this year, though.

Some economists are waving red flags, warning that with inflation potentially sticking around the 2.5% to 3% range, and growth outpacing trends, the Fed’s “mission accomplished” banner is premature. The recent data, a mix of hopeful and daunting, shows that while the core inflation cooled a tad to 2.8%, the overall situation remains heated.

Since the U.S. dollar is heavily intertwined with interest rate forecasts, and the stock market takes a breather for Good Friday, we’re left to ponder the Fed’s next move. Do they actually know what they’re doing for real?

Stocks have been on a roll, marking the best start since 2019, with the S&P 500 jumping 10.2%. It’s like the market’s got its groove back, but whether this rhythm can last is anyone’s guess to be honest.

Meanwhile, latest data from the Commerce Department played out as expected. Core inflation, stripping away the volatile food and energy costs, matched predictions. Consumer spending, outpaced estimates, hinting at potential inflation pressures lurking beneath the surface. But personal income growth was a tad softer.

In any case, all eyes are now on whether Jay Pow’s cautious optimism will hold up against the unpredictable currents of global economics and domestic pressures.

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Jai Hamid

Jai Hamid is a passionate writer with a keen interest in blockchain technology, the global economy, and literature. She dedicates most of her time to exploring the transformative potential of crypto and the dynamics of worldwide economic trends.

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