Published On: Sat, Oct 2nd, 2021

Fed’s Powell Pledges Diversity Focus in Filling Reserve Bank Openings

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Thursday promised to redouble efforts to find “diverse candidates” to replace two high-profile officials who resigned this week after criticism of their securities trading, as the central bank tried to regroup from a blow to its typically staid, technocratic image. “I can absolutely guarantee you that we will work hard in both of those processes to find and give a fair shot to diverse candidates for those two jobs,” Powell said in response to a question from Representative Joyce Beatty of Ohio during an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. “It will be a big focus.” Meanwhile, heads of the Fed’s regional banks said they welcomed an ethics review—and likely new restrictions on their personal affairs—launched by Powell following reports Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan and Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren had traded actively in securities during 2020, a year when the …

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