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Obama, Yellen discuss Wall Street Reforms, economic outlook: White House

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 06:41
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President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen discussed the outlook for the US and global economies and the implementation of Wall Street reforms during an Oval Office meeting on Monday, the White House said.

[WASHINGTON] President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen discussed the outlook for the US and global economies and the implementation of Wall Street reforms during an Oval Office meeting on Monday, the White House said.

It was the first one-on-one meeting between Mr Obama and Ms Yellen since she took the helm of the central bank, which sets the nation's monetary policy but operates independently from the White House.

The Federal Reserve and other financial regulators are still finalizing rules from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform act, which aimed to strengthen the financial system after the 2007-2009 credit crisis shattered confidence throughout global markets.

Mr Obama and Ms Yellen talked about the near- and long-term outlook for the economy in the United States and around the world, the White House said. They also discussed the Consumer Protection Act.

Mr Obama leaves this weekend for Asia on a trip that will include a meeting of the G20 group of economies. "So the president having this conversation with the chair of the Fed makes sense in advance of that meeting," White House spokesman Mr Earnest told reporters before the meeting.

Mr Earnest said he did not know whether Mr Obama would discuss two vacancies on the Fed's seven-member Board of Governors with Ms Yellen. Mr Earnest also said he had no update on when Mr Obama would move to fill the positions.

REUTERS