The Federal Reserve Was Secretive, Ineffective And Out Of Touch

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WASHINGTON — The Republicans said the Federal Reserve was secretive, ineffective and out of touch with the economic realities of ordinary Americans.

The Democrats showered its policies with encomiums like “herculean.”

And those were just the opening statements on Wednesday, as the Fed’s chairwoman, Janet L. Yellen, began two days of biannual testimony on Capitol Hill.

Ms. Yellen functions as the nation’s economic weatherwoman, and on Wednesday, she sounded more worried than at her last public appearance, in December. Convulsions in financial markets, it seems, could restrain economic growth.

“Financial conditions in the United States have recently become less supportive of growth,” she told the House Financial Services Committee. “These developments, if they prove persistent, could weigh on the outlook for economic activity.”

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