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Following the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) decision to keep the policy rate unchanged within the target range of 0-0.25%, Jerome Powell, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, is delivering his comments on the policy outlook.

Key quotes

“Fiscal response was very good, it is absolutely essential here.”

“Need healthcare policy too.”

“Rising COVID cases is a concern.”

“It does seem likely that people had begun to reengage, may pull back.”

“This COVID wave seems larger and more widespread.”

“Possible to shift duration, size, composition of asset purchases if needed.”

“Today’s meeting was about analyzing asset purchases.”

About Jerome Powell (via Federalreserve.gov)

Jerome H. Powell took office as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System on February 5, 2018, for a four-year term. Mr. Powell also serves as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System’s principal monetary policymaking body. Mr. Powell has served as a member of the Board of Governors since taking office on May 25, 2012, to fill an unexpired term. He was reappointed to the Board and sworn in on June 16, 2014, for a term ending January 31, 2028.