President Donald Trump tapped Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to become head of the U.S. central bank to replace Janet Yellen when her term expires in February. Fred Katayama reports.
President Donald Trump nominated Jerome Powell as the next head of the Federal Reserve. The 64-year-old lawyer has been a Fed governor since 2012 after being nominated by former president, Barack Obama. He has supported current Fed Chair Janet Yellen's direction in monetary policy. He has also shared her concern that low inflation justifies a cautious approach to raising interest rates. OppenheimerFunds' equity strategist Talley Leger. (SOUNDBITE) TALLEY LEGER, EQUITY STRATEGIST, OPPENHEIMERFUNDS (ENGLISH) SAYING: "I think Powell would be the closest thing to monetary policy status quo as you can get short of or next to renominating Yellen. But I think Powell's the base case not Yellen because Trump has to be seen as a disrupter and an agent of change if if you will." Powell is expected to pursue a policy of cautious financial deregulation, potentially freeing smaller banks from some of the rules imposed after the financial crisis He played a key role in drafting new bank regulations in its aftermath. Yellen's term expires in February 2018. She is entitled to remain a Fed board governor until 2024.