In many ways, the script has been pre-written for the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting that ends on Wednesday. With U.S. inflation running at the highest level in 40 years and labor markets tight, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell has already given the green light for a 25 basis point benchmark interest rate hike, the first since 2018, to be followed by a “series” of increases.
The Federal Reserve meets this week and is expected to begin unwinding the massive economic help it provided during the pandemic. That process will likely start with an interest rate hike of a quarter percentage point, but policymakers also will update their outlook for rates as well as GDP, inflation and unemployment.
The Fed approved a 0.25 percentage point rate hike, the first increase since December 2018. Officials indicated an aggressive path ahead, with rate rises coming at each of the remaining six meetings in 2022. Members also pared expectations for economic growth this year and sharply raised their outlook for inflation.
This is a comparison of Wednesday's Federal Open Market Committee statement with the one issued after the Fed's previous policymaking meeting on Jan. 26. Text removed from the January statement is in red with a horizontal line through the middle. Text appearing for the first time in the new statement...
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The Federal Reserve will move ahead with raising interest rates at its upcoming meeting, though how Russia's invasion of Ukraine will affect the U.S. economy isn't certain, Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday. The central bank head's remarks come as the United States faces soaring inflation, with prices increasing at their fastest rate in 40 years.
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Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting showed that the central bank is still on track to raise interest rates next month, but gave no indication about how aggressively officials would act to unwind pandemic-era stimulus measures, the prospects of which sparked a broad market selloff last month.
Federal Reserve officials outlined plans for interest rate hikes and a reduction in the asset holdings on their balance sheet at their last meeting. Minutes released Wednesday from the January session show concern about inflation and financial stability though members urged a measured approach to tightening monetary policy. FOMC members...