Maybe Janet Yellen Doesn’t Want To Be Fed Chair Anymore

She's not as low-rate as President Trump thought.
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The Apprentice: Federal Reserve Chair has begun. The president has made clear he wants a “low rates” person like himself. Gary Cohn has begun vetting people in his customary way.

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As with any good reality show, there are a range of competitors. There are the kind of right-leaning economists you might expect a normal Republican president to favor. There’s the longshot Minnesota school of Neel Kashkari and Narayana Kocherlakota battling over who can offer the most accommodative possible monetary policy to MAGA. There’s Gary Cohn himself, obviously. And then there’s the incumbent, who has apparently been rising in the president’s esteem.

Well, it was never really likely that Trump would renominate such an Obama stooge, but there’s even less chance of that happening now.

Fed officials said they would increase their benchmark federal-funds rate on Thursday by a quarter percentage point to a range between 1% and 1.25% and penciled in one more increase later this year if the economy performs in line with their forecast.

Officials also revealed plans for winding down their holdings of Treasury and mortgage securities.

The damage to Yellen’s candidacy can’t quite be gauged yet, since the president apparently has not yet had a 128-character thought about this afternoon’s rise. But we’re going to go ahead and guess that Yellen’s next rate increase will be her last.

“The plan is one that is conscientiously intended to avoid creating market strains and to allow the market to adjust to a very gradual and predictable plan,” Ms. Yellen said at a news conference on Wednesday.

Predictable plan? We can’t think of a single thing that’s more anathema to the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Fed Raises Rates, Sets Out Plan to Shrink Asset Holdings Beginning This Year [WSJ]

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