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Donald Trump meets with Yellen before deciding who will preside over the Federal reserve

The selection process enters the final rectal with five names on the table

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Donald Trump meets with Yellen before deciding who will preside over the Federal reserve

"We are taking selection very carefully," said Secretary of Treasury days ago, Steven Mnuchin. He's taking part in all meetings. "It's one of most important decisions that Trump is going to adopt as president." The financier, however, avoided getting into details about who will be one. Donald Trump, for his part, said he has "a big respect" for all candidates and indicated that decision will come "in days."

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This Thursday at noon was second meeting held by Trump and Janet Yellen since president's arrival at White House. The intention is that name of chosen one to pilot Fed is known before its next trip to Asia, which is scheduled to begin on November 3. Tradition says Fed's president is an economist. Also that new White House tenant keeps person in front of central bank. That should be a guarantee for Yellen to renew for a second term. But it's not enough.

Donald Trump is not a politician to use and is totally unpredictable. It is also unlikely that he will propose to renew for a second term Yellen when he looks at way president is distanced from his predecessor Barack Obama's agenda. But at same time, economy goes well course and Republican uses any public event to celebrate it with euphoria.

Five candidates

If you chose change of command, most continuous option would be that of Governor Jerome Powell. It is favorite in betting of Wall Street and also of Secretary of Treasury, because it is favorable at same time to monetary laxity and to deregulation. The or candidate with an economic profile is Taylor. It's black horse in this race. Stanford's teacher is known for a rule followed for 25 years as a guide to calculating neutral interest rate.

Donald Trump's entourage ensures that president was impressed with his profile after meeting. It is preferred one of Mike Pence, vice president of United States, and would also have support among most conservative Republicans in Senate, who defends that decisions of types of Federal reserve are guided by a mamatical formula to avoid thus its politicization.

There's a snag with Taylor. Trump wants interest rates to remain low in United States to continue to support economic recovery and job creation. According to Taylor's model, price of money should be about 3%, three times higher than current one. Your choice, in any case, does not imply that interest rates will grow faster.

Warsh, for its part, has profile that would most conform to Trump's doctrine and choice of financier would allow him to print a change in Fed, if he really seeks to distance himself from policies followed by Yellen. But banker falters in his academic formation, key to leader institution. The same goes for Cohn. The former executive of Goldman Sachs is also dedicated to fiscal reform.

The appointment, only half an hour and that did not appear on official agenda, coincided with lunchtime. The White House avoided reporting details of conversation, nor did it circulate images of two leaders. What y assume in parquet is that any option that is different from that of Yellen will lead to a greater discipline in monetary strategy of Federal Reserve, as Trump seeks, but without reaching stiffness of formula Taylor.

A Federal Reserve measure

If Donald Trump finally decides to apear Janet Yellen, it will be first time in almost four decades that a Federal reserve president does not serve two mandates. The change of command would also come at an incipient moment in process of withdrawing monetary stimulus measures that sustained economy during financial crisis.

Trump also has an exceptional opportunity to model Federal reserve to his liking. Five of seven Governors ' posts are in process of change. The first vacancy was just covered, with confirmation of Randal Quarles for position of Vice-President responsible for banking supervision. The fear is that Republican uses process to undermine independence of Fed.


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