FOMC raises the target for Fed funds rate by 25bp to 1

FOMC raises the target for Fed funds rate by 25bp to 1

The Federal Reserve raised a key interest rate another quarter-point on Wednesday. US companies are hiring at a rapid pace and consumer and business spending remains healthy, the Fed noted, and core inflation is finally expected to hit the central bank's target of 2 percent this year. Officials penciled in a total of four rate increases for this year, up from a projection of three increases at their March meeting.

The Fed announcement helped resolved a debate in financial markets over whether the Fed under Jerome Powell, who succeeded Janet Yellen as chairman in February, might see a need to signal a possible acceleration in rate hikes.

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Even so, raising rates too quickly could prevent vulnerable Americans and pockets of the country still struggling from reaping the benefits of a strong economy. While the national economy appears to be on solid ground for 2018, the Fed must now consider how growing worldwide trade disputes could slow USA growth. He'll likely address the decision to hike rates and the Fed's views on the overall economic outlook. The central bank is aiming to keep record low unemployment and a glut of federal spending from pushing inflation beyond the Fed's 2 percent target. Unemployment, now at an 18-year low of 3.8 percent, would drop to 3.6 percent by year's end and to 3.5 percent in 2019 and 2020 - levels not seen in 49 years. "Economic activity has been rising at a solid rate".

The Fed's twin mandate is to bolster employment while controlling inflation, and in the current environment more rate rises appear inevitable.

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Powell faces a tricky balancing act as the Fed attempts to bring interest rates toward historical averages.

While many economists think the current expansion will exceed the 1990's streak, some worry about what might occur once the impact of the tax cuts begin to fade and the Fed's gradual rate hikes begin to curb growth.

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In a technical move, the central bank also made a decision to set the interest rate it pays banks on excess reserves - its chief tool for moderating short-term interest rates - at just below the upper level of its target range.

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