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Fed Prioritizes Inflation Fight
The Federal Reserve intervened quickly to calm markets following the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank but persisted in raising its target rate 25 basis points. Chairman Jerome Powell, during his press conference, compared banks tightening their lending standards with additional hikes in interest rates. Increasing the target rate in the face of stricter lending standards is a signal of the Fed’s continued resolve to bring down the rate of inflation. The March statement emphasized that inflation “remains elevated,” backtracking from February’s “inflation has eased somewhat” comment.
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