Federal Reserve keeps interest rates unchanged, indicates possible hike in December

FOMC statement highlights ongoing support for economic recovery but also caution about ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic

In the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve, the central bank decided to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged but also indicated that it is likely to raise rates in December. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) said that it will continue to keep its benchmark interest rate near zero to support the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Fed’s decision to keep rates unchanged was widely expected, as the ongoing pandemic and the resulting economic uncertainty have led to a need for low-interest rates to support the economy. However, the Fed also indicated that it is likely to raise rates in December, as the economic recovery continues.

In a statement, the Fed said, “The Committee expects to maintain this target range until it is confident that the economy has weathered recent events and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability goals.”

The Fed’s benchmark interest rate, known as the federal funds rate, has been near zero since March 2020, when the central bank cut rates in response to the economic impact of the pandemic. The low-interest rate has helped to support the economy by making it cheaper for businesses and individuals to borrow money.

However, the Fed also indicated that the economic recovery is continuing, with the labor market improving and inflation rising. The Fed’s statement noted that “The labor market has continued to improve, with strong job gains and declining unemployment.”

The Fed also said that it will continue to use its other tools to support the economy, such as its bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing. The Fed has been buying bonds to keep interest rates low and support the economy, and it has indicated that it will continue to do so until the economy has fully recovered.

The Fed’s decision to keep rates unchanged and the indication of a possible rate hike in December is a sign that the central bank is optimistic about the economic recovery, but also cautious about the ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The Fed’s statement highlights the need to continue supporting the economy while also being prepared for the eventual increase of interest rates as the recovery continues.

By Robert Hornberg

Robert Hornberg is a seasoned journalist and visionary editor who brings a wealth of experience and a passion for storytelling to his role as the Managing Editor of the United States Daily Globe. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has honed his skills in uncovering captivating stories and leading teams to produce outstanding content. Prior to joining the United States Daily Globe, Robert worked as a foreign correspondent, traveling the world to cover underreported stories and gaining a unique perspective on the human experience. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, and his love for the great outdoors has led him to pursue a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, and fishing. In his free time, he is an avid sports fan, and he loves nothing more than cheering on the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners. He is also a proud parent to two young children and a dedicated husband to his wife. His commitment to journalistic integrity and his tireless work ethic have earned him recognition within the industry.

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