Fed Chair Yellen cuts speech short, but she's feeling fine now
Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen gave a scare Thursday while giving a speech on monetary policy and inflation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Near the end of her prepared remarks, Yellen appeared to be experiencing some physical discomfort. She paused several times to cough before saying she would stop.
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"[I]f the economy surprises us, our judgments about appropriate monetary policy will change," she said. "Let me stop there. Thank you."
She gathered her notes, gave several smiles, and stuck around to be presented with a gift before she made her way offstage.
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Several news outlets reported that she proceeded to receive medical attention, but now she seems to be in the clear.
"Chair Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights," a Fed representative said in a statement. "As a precaution, she was seen by EMT staff on site at UMass Amherst. She felt fine afterward and has continued with her schedule Thursday evening."
"Shauna Rice, director of administration at UMass emergency medical services, separately confirmed that Yellen is all right and did not got to the hospital," Bloomberg reported.
Citing school spokesman Ed Blaguszewski, Bloomberg also reported that Yellen was heading to a scheduled dinner.
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