February 8, 2019 / 6:42 PM / 5 months ago

Fed's Daly says economic slowdown could help prevent recession

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The economy is widely expected to slow this year, San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Mary Daly said on Friday, which itself means there should be less of a chance of a recession.

“The economy is now self-bridling itself, coming back down to a sustainable pace,” Daly told the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. “That will if anything help us prevent a recession.”

Daly also said that while the partial U.S. government shutdown that ended last month will have mostly only a transitory impact on economic growth, she is concerned that another shutdown could have a more lasting negative impact on uncertainty, confidence and ultimately economic growth.

Reporting by Ann Saphir Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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