Fed Policy Shift

If you told me last year we’d do a 3rd $2T stimulus before reopening & pivot to a $3T infra package, I would have laughed. Yet here we are.

Given the policy creep in congress & Biden’s ability to replace Fed leadership, what are the odds we see it at the Fed?
More explicitly...

There is a very reasonable shot Powell isn’t leading the Fed in another year or so. Brainard (likely replacement) has been very clear about her view (which matches Biden admin) that more qualitative labor market metrics (such as minority UE) matter for policy
Yellen has echoed as much in her own tweets (@SecYellen)... what this means is that we likely see much lower for much longer. If they follow through it provides an excuse to both “run hot” and ignore mounting inflationary pressures that may emerge.
What do you guys think?

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