Items Tagged with 'Federal funds rate'

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  • FOMC minutes confirm September interest rate hike is highly likely

    Unsure of policy toward major trade disputes
    The Federal Reserve released its minutes Wednesday for its July 31 to August 1 meeting, where it unanimously voted to keep the federal funds target the same at 1.75% to 2%. Now, minutes from the meeting all but solidify the chances of a rate hike at the September meeting this year. But one dark cloud hung over the optimistic view of the economy.
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  • FOMC reveals positive outlook of economic conditions

    But elects to hold off on rate hike in July
    The Federal Reserve held its meeting on the current state of the U.S. economy, where it elected not to raise interest rates during its July 31 to August 1 meeting. But despite its decision not to raise rates, the FOMC gave a positive outlook of the U.S. economy, listing the positive economic trends members continue to see.
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  • Could U.S., North Korea summit sway Fed rate hike decision?

    Investors unimpressed by summit results
    With investors watching under a microscope, the Federal Reserve is set to announce its decision on a June increase to the federal funds rate on Wednesday at the conclusion of its meeting. While economists still expect the Fed to raise rates, what Fed members will say about their monetary policy and outlook for the remainder of 2018 is yet to be seen.
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  • Fed changes tune on raising interest rates this year

    Minutes reveal more dovish approach
    The Federal Reserve has been forecasting an average two to four interest rate hikes in 2018, however the minutes from its latest meeting reveal a more dovish approach. As the Fed raises concerns over recent trade tariffs, the chances of there being four rate hikes in 2018 falls.
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  • FOMC keeps rate hike off the table at May meeting

    Says federal funds rate to remain low “for some time”
    The Federal Reserve announced that while economic activity has continued to strengthen along with the labor market, it will not raise rates following its May meeting. The market was not surprised by today’s decision and only predicted a 6% chance of a rate hike in May. Next month, however, could be a different story.
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  • Goldman Sachs: Fed to raise rates once a quarter until 2019

    Federal funds to hit 3.25% to 3.5% by end of next year
    The Federal Reserve elected to increase interest rates during its March meeting for the first time in 2018, but it’s far from done raising rates for the year, or so says a note Goldman Sachs sent to clients. In fact, the Fed could raise rates as quickly as once per quarter.
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  • 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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  • Expect first Federal interest rate rise to come in March

    Market places 77% chance of 25 basis point hike
    Wednesday afternoon, the Federal Reserve announced its decision not to raise the federal funds rate in January. After the Fed Funds futures pushed up their probability estimate for raising the federal funds rate in March, the market is now placing a 77% chance of a 25 basis point hike.
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  • Mortgage rates to increase past 4.5% in 2018

    One expert predicts rates could hit 5% mark
    The Federal Reserve is expected increase mortgage rates up to three or four times in 2018, which could push 30-year mortgage rates up past 4% in 2018. Most experts predict rates will increase, but stay below 5%, however one expert predicted rates could hit the 5% market by the end of the year.
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  • Fed raises rates with expectation economy will improve next year

    Target federal funds rate increased to 1.25% to 1.5%
    To the shock of no one, the Federal Reserve announced its final rate hike of 2017 at the end of its December Federal Open Markets Committee meeting. In the Committee's statements about its general economic outlook, it implied that more rate hikes will follow in 2018 and beyond.
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