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President Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic commentator, to fill one of two vacancies on the Federal Reserve's seven-member board. Cain, a former pizza company executive, served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

In the Bloomberg Television interview, Moore said he was "not sure" about whether the Fed should cut rates and also said he needed to "reserve judgement" about the size of the Fed's bond holdings "because I don't have the full knowledge that I need".

In the Wall Street Journal article last week, Moore and a co-author argued that the Fed's rate hikes promoted deflation and described the central bank as the "last major obstacle" to the United States staying on a good path.

Moore is now a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and is a former Wall Street Journal editorial board member.

Powell has said the Fed took those decisions without regard to politics but purely in response to slowing global and USA growth and low inflation. By contrast, the central bank raised rates just twice during the entire eight years Barack Obama was in office - and one of those rate hikes was approved in December of 2016, the month after Trump was elected.

And on Friday, a key part of the U.S. Treasury market inverted for the first time since 2007, with long-term rates falling below short-term ones in what is historically a harbinger of recession.

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Under the threat of constant second-guessing by the president, and potentially soon working with a Trump cheerleader inside the building, Fed officials may find it increasingly hard to stay focused on keeping the institution at a distance from politics. The Fed chairman at the time, Ben Bernanke, and Janet Yellen, who served as Bernanke's deputy before a four-year stint as chair, saw the dot plot as a way of giving markets a look into the Fed's thinking beyond any immediate decision-making.

"I am open to all possibilities as we aim to support sustained economic expansion, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee's symmetric 2 percent objective", Bostic said, referring to the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee.

The bad news here, if any, is that the Fed has now paused its "normalization" at what is, by historic standards, a low interest-rate level, simultaneous with enormous federal deficits. "And, you know, I would say, well, the cause is that he's wrecking our economy".

However, forecasts from the fed show 11 out of 17 policymakers anticipate no rate increases this year, compared to last year's ratio of only 2 of 17.

The spread between yields on three-month Treasury bills and 10-year notes fell below zero for the first time since 2007 after USA manufacturing data missed estimates.


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