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

13 June 2018, 11:26 | Joann Bryant

Fed lifts rates amid stronger inflation, drops crisis-era guidance

Fed Raises Interest Rates, Signals 2 More Hikes This Year

United States 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 per cent this year. The Fed's new forecast showed inflation inching up only slightly over the next 2 1/2 years.

The 3.8-percent jobless rate is close to the lowest level ever seen in the U.S. There are more job openings than workers seeking employment in the country for the first time in recorded history, and recent inflation data shows prices inching through the Fed's ideal threshold. Inflation for the next two years is expected to remain at 2.1%, unchanged from the previous forecast.

"The bond market has the belief that, as the Fed continues to tighten, it's going to lead to a slowing of the economy", said Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer of Bleakley Financial Group.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome "Jay" Powell said job gains are boosting income and confidence, while foreign expansion and tax cuts support additional growth. The unemployment rate is seen falling to 3.6 percent in 2018, compared to the 3.8 percent forecast in March.

Policy makers said in a one-page statement that the labor market "has continued to strengthen" and than economic activity "has been rising at a solid rate".




Consumers can expect interest rates to rise for all types of debt.

Inflation, which has been mysteriously low during the long economic recovery, has finally passed 2%, the level the Fed considers healthy.

More than today's rate hike, the gold market is reacting to the Federal Reserve's guidance on future interest rates. And their rate increases are addressing the "perceived threat of inflation", not an immediate inflation problem, he said. Rates for vehicle loans and variable-rate mortgages are also likely to increase. While the national economy appears to be on solid ground for 2018, the Fed must now consider how growing worldwide trade disputes could slow US growth.

Individual Fed policymakers have expressed concerns about the economic risks of a broad tit-for-tat tariff retaliation, but have said they would not change their policies or forecasts until those risks are realized.



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