Fed signals impending reduction but keeps interest rates unchanged.

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The decision resulted in the Federal Reserve maintaining its target rate at 5.25–5.25%, the highest level in nearly 20 years.

Fed signals impending reduction but keeps interest rates unchanged.
The Fed signals an impending reduction but keeps interest rates unchanged.
The Federal Reserve is discussing whether the pressures driving up prices have been sufficiently relieved by increased borrowing costs.

By year’s end, officials stated that they still planned to lower rates.

However, the bank is moving gingerly now after sharply increasing borrowing fees in 2022 in reaction to skyrocketing prices.

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“We can afford to be cautious, as the economy is expanding, the labor market is robust, and inflation is declining,” stated Fed chairman Jerome Powell during a news conference following the Fed’s meeting.

A day before the Bank of England makes its own interest rate announcement, the Fed makes its move. Additionally, it is anticipated to keep UK interest rates at their current, 15-year high of 5.25%.

Theoretically, higher interest rates reduce inflation by increasing the cost of borrowing, slowing the growth of the economy, and reducing the forces that drive up prices.

However, if they are implemented for an extended period of time, they may cause a severe recession.

Since many nations have to make comparable trade-offs, the actions taken in the US are being keenly observed.

Despite increased interest rates, the greatest economy in the world has fared quite well thus far.

Officials expect the economy to grow by 2.1% this year, according to forecasts made public following the conference. This is a far more optimistic picture than the 1.4% growth they had predicted in December.

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According to the projections, authorities also anticipate that inflation will decrease to 2.4% by year’s end, which is closer to the 2% rate that the bank desires.

Mr. Powell stated that although some recent data suggested that progress might be stopping, officials were not unduly concerned.

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