When inflation is high, the Federal Reserve has historically raised interest rates. But the recent failures of banks like Silicon Valley Bank have sparked worries about the stability of our banking system. Now the Fed must weigh whether the banking system could withstand the turmoil that raising interest rates could bring. To get inside the mind of Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell, we look to a previous era of high inflation, the late 1970s and early ’80s, and the decisions of then Fed Chairs Arthur Burns and Paul Volcker.
Today, we talk about what’s next. Read the full transcript here.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: L.A. Times economics reporter Don Lee
Did deregulation lead to Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse?
Federal Reserve officials sound warnings about higher rates
U.S. inflation eases but stays high, putting Fed in tough spot