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Fed raises interest rates by 75 basis points

The US Federal Reserve raises its key interest rate by 75 basis points to a range of 2.25% to 2.50%. The move was expected.

There was no debate that interest rates would rise. The question was whether by 75 or 100 basis points. In the end, all the members of the FOMC Monetary Committee unanimously agreed to raise by 75 basis points. They announced this at today’s press conference.

Inflation is still a concern and the US economy is weakening. In contrast, the Fed sees the US labor market as strong with low unemployment. But at the same time, we see a strong dollar, which many companies mention in their quarterly results as a problem that takes away from their profitability from foreign clients.

The Federal Reserve System logo with Dolar flag

By raising interest rates, the Fed is trying to slow inflation, which is at its highest in four decades. In a statement, the Fed added that it plans to keep raising borrowing costs despite evidence of a slowing economy.

Added commentary.

“Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher food and energy prices, and broader price pressures.”

The prime rate is now at a level that most Fed officials believe has a neutral economic impact. This essentially means that the Fed has ended its efforts from the pandemic era when it supported household and business spending with cheap money.

The Fed wants 2% inflation back

On his Twitter account, wrote.

But the biggest priority is restoring price stability, Jerome H. Powell said.

“Restoring price stability is just something we got to do.”

The annual rate of consumer price inflation was 8.6% in May and accelerated further to 9.1% in June. However, stopping price increases will be a more difficult step, as this is not purely up to the Fed and the US. In today’s world of geopolitical uncertainty, a global energy and gas prices, and food shortages in some countries, it is affecting and will continue to affect US consumer prices in the future.

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Today’s statement did not give us much indication of what the Fed might be planning for the next meeting. We’ll see that with upcoming data on whether or not inflation is gradually slowing.

Bruno is an Investment enthusiast with several years of experience in the industry. He enjoys following the latest news and technology trends...

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