Federal Reserve faces dual test of high inflation, bank instability
18 March 2023 | 11:46 am
The US Federal Reserve faces a tricky balancing act, as it tries to navigate high inflation and instability in the banking sector. Alexander Yokum, of CFRA Research, says the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank could affect the Fed's next interest rate decision, despite a 6 percent jump in consumer prices.
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