Fed chair Janet Yellen pushed back against Trump’s agenda of financial deregulation — and it could cement her future


BusinessInsider/Pedro Nicolaci da Costa/08-25-17

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen had a clear message for the Trump administration in what could be her final Jackson Hole speech: Undoing the hard work of reforming the financial system after the financial crisis could have dangerous consequences.

…In her keynote address at the high-profile conference in the Grand Teton mountains of Wyoming, Yellen was not holding back — in a way that potentially suggests she is not holding her breath for a reappointment from Donald Trump. Yellen’s term as Fed chair expires in February, and Trump is widely expected to nominate Gary Cohn, ex-president of Goldman Sachs and head of the president’s National Economic Council, to replace her.

“Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s passionate defence of the post-crisis tightening of financial regulation isn’t going to go down particularly well at the White House,” wrote Paul Ashworth, economist at Capital Economics, in a research note following the speech. “Donald Trump has made rolling back regulation the centre-piece of his presidency.”

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