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Report: Fed Hikes Target Rates for Two Years

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June 18, 2014 by   Leave a Comment

The Federal Reserve raised its forecast target benchmark interest rates for the next two years but signaled that growth could remain sluggish.

UPI reported that the Fed increased its growth forecast for 2015 to 1.13% and the forecast for 2016 to 2.5%, all the while emphasizing that interest rates would not be increased before 2015. But the central bank lowered its outlook for interest rates in the longer term, reflecting a slower growth rate for the U.S. economy.

The improved outlook suggests that the Fed is happy with the improving economic activity seen in the last two months and that it would reduce its bond buying program by $10 billion to $35 billion in July.

Labor market indicators generally showed further improvement, the Fed said on an optimistic note. The unemployment rate, though lower, remains elevated.

The Fed also issued a cautious growth forecast for 2014, anticipating growth to be between 2.1% and 2.3% from a range of 2.8% to 3% during its March meeting. The Fed said it was still looking closely at inflation and unemployment, which have improved but are still below the Fed’s own expectations.

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