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Fed Presses Ahead with Tightening

Fed chair Yellen downplays the softening in price pressures, but markets are questioning whether the Fed will hike again this year.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is pressing ahead with plans to normalize monetary policy, betting that the ongoing strength of the labor market will ultimately prevail over the recent weakness in inflation.

In a press conference Wednesday after the Fed raised interest rates for the second time in 2017, Yellen played down a softening of price pressures in the last few months and voiced confidence the central bank was on course to hit its 2% inflation goal.

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