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How long should Powell keep raising interest rates? Fed officials are divided

By Nick Timiraos

12 Dec 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's interest rate hikes have global implications. They're expected to continue next year. The WSJ speaks to experts to find out how high the hikes should go.

In the past nine months, Jerome Powell has raised interest rates at the fastest pace of any Federal Reserve chair since the 1980s, triggering a market rout, bringing the housing market to a standstill and prompting fears of an imminent recession. That was the easy part.

When inflation was hitting 40-year highs, Fed officials were unanimous that rates needed to rise aggressively. Now cracks are beginning to emerge among them over how stubborn inflation has become and what they should do about it.

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