Fed’s Powell ‘got ahead of this,’ and ‘going big’ was right


Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke told CNBC on Wednesday the central bank has acted with appropriate force to help the U.S. economy get ahead of the coronavirus and set the stage for a strong rebound once the disease abates.

“I think the Fed has been extremely proactive and Jay Powell and his team have been working really hard and got ahead of this,” he said. They “have shown that they can set up a whole bunch of diverse programs that can help us keep the economy functioning during the shutdown period so that when the all-clear is sounded … we’ll see a much better rebound than we otherwise would.”

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