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Federal Reserve wants confidence on inflation, unfazed on dollar

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Inflation is too low and the Federal Reserve is looking for evidence that inflation will return to a 2 per cent target, an influential Fed official said on Monday, adding that the strong dollar should not derail US economic momentum.

[NEW YORK] Inflation is too low and the Federal Reserve is looking for evidence that inflation will return to a 2 per cent target, an influential Fed official said on Monday, adding that the strong dollar should not derail US economic momentum. "Inflation is too low. I want to have some reason for confidence that it is coming back to 2 per cent," Fed Governor Jerome Powell said on Bloomberg TV.

The stronger dollar "will weigh a little bit on our exports and it will certainly in the short-term hold inflation down through import prices, so it might be a slight headwind but I don't see it stopping the momentum" in the economy, he added.

REUTERS

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