Monday, Apr 15, 2024 | Last Update : 04:36 AM IST

  Business   Economy  15 Jun 2018  Federal Reserve raises key rate, 2 more hikes

Federal Reserve raises key rate, 2 more hikes

REUTERS
Published : Jun 15, 2018, 1:37 am IST
Updated : Jun 15, 2018, 1:37 am IST

“Most people who want to find jobs are finding them. Unemployment and inflation are low... Overall outlook for growth remains favorable.”

Jerome Powell
 Jerome Powell

Washington: The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday, a move that was widely expected but still marked a milestone in the US central bank’s shift from policies used to battle the 2007-2009 financial crisis and recession.

In raising its benchmark overnight lending rate a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 1.75 per cent to 2 per cent, the Fed dropped its pledge to keep rates low enough to stimulate the economy “for some time” and signaled it would tolerate inflation above its 2 per cent target at least through 2020.

“The economy is doing very well,” Fed chairman Jerome Powell said in a press conference after the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee released its unanimous policy statement after the end of a two-day meeting.

“Most people who want to find jobs are finding them. Unemployment and inflation are low... Overall outlook for growth remains favorable.”

He added that continued steady rate increases would nurture the expansion, as the Fed approaches a sort of sweet spot with its employment and inflation goals largely met, the economy withstanding higher borrowing costs and no sign of a spike in inflation.

The ongoing economic expansion coupled with solid job growth has pushed the Fed to raise rates seven times since 2015, rendering the language of its previous policy statements outdated.

Policymakers’ fresh economic projections, also issued on Wednesday, indicated a slightly faster pace of rate increases in the coming months, with two additional hikes expected by the end of this year, compared to one previously.

Tags: federal reserve, jerome powell, borrowing