Fed will likely stress its commitment to low rates amid pandemic

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve this week will likely underscore its commitment to its low-interest rate policies, even as the economy recovers further from the devastation of the viral pandemic.

Chair Jerome Powell is sure to strike a dovish tone at a news conference after the Fed’s latest policy meeting ends Wednesday.

He may, in particular, aim to puncture any speculation that the Fed might soon curtail its aggressive efforts to support the economy, including its bond purchase program that aims to hold down long-term interest rates.

The conditions the Fed has laid down before it would adopt any policy changes aren’t close to being met, so no new

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