Trump to name Columbia professor Richard Clarida for Fed vice chair: report

Trump to name Columbia professor Richard Clarida for Fed vice chair: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE is preparing to nominate Richard Clarida, a Pimco managing director and Columbia University economics professor, to serve as the Federal Reserve’s vice chairman, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Clarida is a moderate Republican in line with Trump’s previous Fed nominees, and would become the highest ranking academic on the Fed board. He would serve as the deputy to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in a spot that’s been vacant since October 2017.

An economics professor at Columbia since 1988, Clarida joined Pimco in 2006, where he serves as a director and strategic adviser. He served as the assistant Treasury secretary for economic policy from 2002-2003.

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If confirmed, Clarida would become Trump’s second addition to the Fed following Randal Quarles, the Fed's vice chairman of supervision. Clarida's decades at Columbia are meant to compliment Powell’s deep knowledge of financial markets but lack of academic experience — Powell is the first Fed chair in more than 30 years without a PhD.

Clarida’s background resembles that of Trump's past nominees in other key ways. Powell and Quarles, like Clarida, served as top Treasury aides under Republican presidents and have resumes boasting major investment firms. Clarida also worked at investment firm Credit Suisse and Grossman Asset Management.