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"In the current state of the US political system, that is dominated by doubts in the system of checks and balances, remnants of USA dollar negativity remain", said Commerzbank analyst Ulrich Leuchtmann. A slower pace of rate increases would be meant to encourage continued borrowing and spending by companies and individuals to drive economic growth.
However, he pointed out that gradual rate hikes were the best way to maintain high employment levels and price stability in the US.
He said if the Fed moves too fast in rate hikes, it would limit economic expansion. That is the difference between short-term interest rates and long-term rates. Unemployment stood at 3.9 percent in July, well below 4.5 percent that the Fed sees as consistent with full employment in the longer run.
While his remarks will be pored over for a clue about the bank's policy plans, they will attract more interest after Donald Trump's criticism this week of its recent interest rate hikes and accusations it is not backing his economic agenda.
The Fed in June increased interest rates for the second time this year, and pencilled in two more rate hikes for the year.
That broke a tradition that the White House should refrain from attacks on the Fed because such criticism can shake the confidence of financial markets that the Fed is committed to keeping inflation under control without regard to political considerations.
Volume on USA exchanges was 5.43 billion shares, compared to the 6.28 billion average over the last 20 trading days. In his view, that's why the Fed can continue with a gradual pace of rate hikes that began under Yellen. Burns did, and the move is widely believed to have helped fuel a decade of high inflation.
American presidents rarely criticise the Fed because its independence is viewed as important for United States economic stability. The Fed's job is set to become more complicated as its benchmark rate turns restrictive and the expansion ages.
"Financial conditions are very good, and (Powell) is tightening in line with those trends", Boone said. "It's easier for them to do their job if they're given independence and they don't have people harping at them politically".
As a result, "if the strong growth in income and jobs continues, further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate will likely be appropriate", Powell said, echoing recent FOMC statements. Instead, Powell defended the Fed's policy on the grounds that it would not undermine continued growth.
In an address, Powell stayed resolutely focused on the policy debate and the challenges facing the Fed's rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and made it clear officials were focused on the economic data.