Items Tagged with 'FOMC announcement'


  • Federal Reserve raises interest rates for first time in 2018

    Indicates two more rate hikes coming this year
    As expected, the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it is increasing the federal funds rate for the first time in 2018. Earlier this year, observers placed the likelihood of the Fed increasing rates by 25 basis points at the end of its March meeting at more than 75%. And Wednesday, that’s just what the Fed did.
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  • Fannie Mae: New jobs report basically guarantees December rate hike

    "We believe that today's firm jobs report seals the deal"
    Earlier this week, the Federal Open Market Committee announced that it plans to leave the federal funds rate unchanged, but the way the FOMC framed the announcement led many to believe that a rake hike is coming in December. And Friday's jobs report did not contain any significant information that would warrant further delaying a rate hike - in fact, it all but guaranteed a December rate hike, according to Fannie Mae's chief economist.
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  • As expected, Fed holds off interest-rate hike

    ‘Growth in economic activity appears to have slowed’
    The Federal Open Market Committee elected not to increase the federal funds rate. Whereas the committee believes housing has improved further, inflation is running just a little behind its objective.
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  • Will Fed remain dovish, punt on interest-rate hike again?

    Market analysts still look to second half of year for federal funds rate increase
    During this week's meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the group that sets the benchmark interest rate for bank lending, there will undoubtedly be some discussion about raising the federal funds rate again, but discussion is about as far as it’s going to get, some analysts believe.
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  • Fannie Mae: Expect 3 more Fed rate hikes in 2016

    Not forecasting a return to zero intrest rates anytime soon
    December 16, 2015 will forever be known as the day that the Federal Open Market Committee increased the federal funds rate for the first time since June 2006, but one housing industry insider expects that this rate hike won’t be the last one — far from it, in fact.
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  • Federal Reserve credibility tested

    Financial markets try to read between Bernanke's lines
    "The concern is that the decision to wait sends a message that the economy is worse than it appears or that the costs of QE are not high on its radar," Moody’s Analytics senior economist Ryan Sweet said.
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