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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

Investors around the world will be looking forward to a scheduled speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at an economic-policy conference Friday near Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for clues on whether the central bank might cut interest rates at its next meeting in September

Here are selected highlights from the agenda for Friday and Saturday (all times ET):

Friday, Aug. 23:

10 a.m. - speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell

12:55 p.m. - "What does it mean to be a central banker?" A discussion with Athanasios Orphanides, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Frank Smets, director general of the European Central Bank; and Valerie Ramey, professor at the University of San Diego.  

3 p.m. - Luncheon address by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Saturday, Aug. 24:

11 a.m. - Discussion of financial markets with Arvind Krishnamurthy and Hanno Lustig, professors at Stanford University.

12:25 p.m. - Overview panel with Gita Gopinath, chief economist of the International Monetary Fund; Philip Lowe, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia; and Amir Aaron, governor of the Bank of Israel.