Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time this year

US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time this year

The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday increased the interest rates by 25 basis points to 1.5 to 1.75 per cent. How different will he be from his immediate predecessors, Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke?

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"With intensive deleveraging efforts ongoing and a potential uptrend in CPI inflation, we expect China's current monetary policy to continue its tightening bias under Yi's leadership", Wang added. Now, as the Fed and other global central banks move towards normalising monetary policy, the impact on the wider credit markets is slowly beginning to show.

The statement also repeated previous language that "near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced". Financial markets largely took the move in stride.

The midpoint of the Fed's target range will now reach 3.4 percent by 2020, higher than the 3.1 percent announced previously.

The Commission's forecast for long-term sustainable economic growth remains unchanged at 1.8%, suggesting that central bankers remain skeptical of the expected effects of the tax cuts on growth. The committee pushed the 2020 level up from 2 percent to 2.1 percent for both core and headline.

In its latest forecast, the Fed predicted the USA would grow 2.7% this year and 2.4% next year - well above the 1.8% pace that the central bank views as consistent with stable inflation. The unemployment rate is expected to drop to 3.6% in 2019. Despite the stronger growth, lower unemployment rate and higher interest rate forecast, the inflation projection was the same.

However, the range of estimates for the federal funds rate reveal officials are split nearly exactly down the middle, with eight expecting no more than three rate hikes this year and seven projecting four moves or more.

In its first policy meeting under new Fed chief Jerome Powell, the US central bank indicated that inflation should finally move higher after years below its 2 percent target and that the economy had recently gained momentum.

First, the strengthening economic outlook for the U.S. economy augurs well for the global economy. "It's a healthier economy than it has been in 10 years". The strength of the United States and global economy will also support the ongoing recovery in the Indian economy.

That likely caused Fed officials to signal that they expect a slightly more aggressive path for rate increases next year. That February level was the highest close since January 2014.

For the sixth - count 'em, six, 6 - time since the worldwide financial crisis of 2008, the Federal Reserve Bank has raised interests. The fed funds rate, for example, topped out at 5.25% at the height of the last economic expansion from 2001 to 2007.

"Variable rate debt is where you are most susceptible as interest rates rise", Bankrate analyst Greg McBride recently told CNBC. These companies will be in greater difficulty if the Fed raises rates at a faster pace. Applicants must set up local units, establish payment infrastructure - including disaster recovery systems - and store client information domestically, the central bank said.

Economic conditions have also shifted. "'That is, in principle, an increase was expected, and the economies of many countries were ready for this". Powell said he might choose to hold a news conference after each of the Fed's eight meetings each year, up from four now, but that he hadn't yet decided.

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