Photo: Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a news conference following an FOMC meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2022. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during a news conference following an FOMC meeting in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2022. Photographer: Ting Shen/Bloomberg

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell vowed officials will crush inflation after they raise interest rates by 75 basis points (bps) for a third straight time. He signaled even more aggressive hikes ahead than investors had expected.

“We have got to get inflation behind us. I wish there were a painless way to do that. There isn’t,” Powell told a press conference in Washington on Wednesday after officials lifted the target for the benchmark federal funds rate to a range of 3 percent to 3.25 percent.

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