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Powell to tell Senate omicron variant poses downside risk to economy, complicates inflation picture

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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell believes that the omicron variant of Covid-19 and a recent uptick in coronavirus cases pose a threat to the U.S.

economy and muddle an already-uncertain inflation outlook. «The recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant pose downside risks to employment and economic activity and increased uncertainty for inflation,» Powell said in remarks he plans to deliver to Senate lawmakers on Tuesday. «Greater concerns about the virus could

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