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Economy in Brief

Fed Funds Rate Increased to 3.25%
by Tom Moeller June 30, 2005

The Federal Open Market Committee increased interest rates for the ninth time since last June. The target rate for federal funds was raised an expected 25 basis points to 3.25% and the discount rate was raised 25 basis points to 4.25%.

The decision was unanimous.

Today's press release from the Fed continued to contain a comment suggesting that rates could be raised again. "The Committee believes that, even after this action, the stance of monetary policy remains accommodative ..."

For emphasis the statement indicated that "with appropriate monetary policy action, the upside and downside risks to the attainment of both sustainable growth and price stability should be kept roughly equal."

Discretion was indicated with the comment "the Committee will respond to changes in economic prospects as needed to fulfill its obligation to maintain price stability."

For the complete text of the Fed's latest press release please click here.

A Search for a Structural Phillips Curve from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York can be found here.

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