Investors scour WSJ articles for Fed clues
Egan writes, “To be sure, market participants didn’t appear to be suggesting anything sinister on the part of Hilsenrath. Instead, the comments indicate the perception that senior Fed officials may seek to influence market expectations on monetary policy through timely leaks to the Journal.
“‘My stories are based on a lot of reporting across a wide range of people inside and outside the Fed,’ Hilsenrath said in an email. ‘My intent is to accurately inform our readers about what the central bank is up to so they can make their own judgments, to hold the institution accountable and to break news. It is not to be a messenger.’
“The focus on a single reporter may not be entirely appropriate as investors looking to get an inside track on monetary policy similarly paid close attention to columns by other former Journal reporters, including Greg Ip.
“‘I’m glad people trust The Wall Street Journal enough to pay attention to our work,’ Hilsenrath said.
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