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Donald Trump appointed Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve. If returned to the White House, he may seek to replace him. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Central banks face threats to their independence − and that isn’t good news for sound economic stewardship (or battling inflation)

Monetary policy can be wielded as a tool to boost an economy around election time, which explains why politicians want to have a say on it.
Fed Chair Jay Powell is betting that banks can withstand the end of his rescue programme in March. EPA

Why economists are warning of another US banking crisis

The Ides of March will coincide with one or two changes to the financial system that could cause problems for banks and the economy.
A wildfire during hot, dry conditions in August 2023 destroyed Lahaina, Hawaii, and devastated Maui’s tourism industry – the heart of its economy. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Why the Fed should treat climate change’s $150B economic toll like other national crises it’s helped fight

Fed Chair Jerome Powell bristles at talk of managing climate change, but the damage it is doing the US economy is hard to ignore, as the latest National Climate Assessment shows.
Tense times: Fed chairman Jay Powell. EPA

Is the US banking crisis over?

A swift intervention by the US Federal Reserve has kept most banks on their feet, but September/October is often the time when financial crises come to a head.

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