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Fed's Evans: Virus Will Have Lasting Impact on Prosperity

Fed's Evans: Virus Will Have Lasting Impact on Prosperity
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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 02:10 PM

The coronavirus outbreak will have a lasting impact on economic prosperity in the U.S. and around the world, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said.

“Even under a best-case scenario, the U.S. and global economy will be less prosperous coming out of this crisis than we were going into it,” Evans said Wednesday during a teleconference hosted by the Economic Club of Chicago.

“As we hunker down and stay at home, we are all using valuable resources and savings that we had intended to use for other aspirations,” he was quoted by Bloomberg as saying.

Evans, who’s led the Chicago Fed and sat on the U.S. central bank’s policy making panel since 2007, said the economy is set for a severe contraction in the second quarter, echoing predictions by private-sector forecasters. The unemployment rate “could go up to 20%,” he said, adding that it “could come back down” if policy makers are successful in providing adequate financial relief to households and businesses.

Fed officials have rolled out several measures in recent weeks to cushion the blow of the outbreak and the effects of the associated social-distancing efforts on economic activity. They cut their benchmark interest rate to nearly zero, restarted a number of crisis-era emergency credit facilities and launched new lending programs aimed directly at businesses large and small.

On March 23, the Fed announced it would establish two programs that would provide support to large companies, one of which would buy debt directly from issuers and the other which would buy securities in the secondary market for corporate debt.

“We have not yet stood this facility up, because we’re working on the terms of it -- it’s still a few weeks away, I think,” Evans said. The announcement alone, however, has “helped provide support” for companies by reducing volatility in those markets, he added.

Meanwhile, the economic downturn from the coronavirus outbreak in the United States will be deep and any recovery will depend on consumers feeling safe enough to start spending again, Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Barkin said.

"How deep will this downturn be? How long will it last? How fast will we recover? The answer to the first question is now clear: it will be deep," Barkin said in a post on the Richmond Fed's website.

He said the success of any recovery would hinge on consumers being reassured by businesses, particularly in the service sector, that they will be safe, Reuters reported.

"Businesses will have to find a way to convince consumers to shop, or eat out, to travel, or go to a concert or a game," he said, suggesting restaurants could offer less server contact and less dense seating, while airlines could fly with the middle seat empty.

"Many of these changes could increase costs and prices, but they could also reassure the public enough to bring business back to life," Barkin said. 

This report uses material from the Bloomberg and Reuters.

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The coronavirus outbreak will have a lasting impact on economic prosperity in the U.S. and around the world, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said.
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