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Economy in Brief

FOMC Leaves Funds Rate Near Zero
by Tom Moeller  January 27, 2021

The Federal Reserve left the target for the Fed funds rate in a range of 0.00% to 0.25% at today's meeting of the FOMC. The Fed continued to assert, "The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world."

The Fed stated, "The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus including progress on vaccinations. The ongoing public health crisis continues to weigh on economic activity, employment, and inflation, and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook."

The Fed continued to indicate that it will "increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $80 billion per month and of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $40 billion per month until substantial further progress has been made toward the Committee's maximum employment and price stability goals."

Last month the Fed posted projections that the economy would grow 4.2% Q4/Q4 in 2021 after declining 2.4% last year, and that core PCE inflation would run 1.8% Q4/Q4 in 2021, up from 1.4% last year.

The statement issued following today's meeting can be found here.

Today's action was supported by all Committee members.

The Fed also issued earlier its 2020 Statement on Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy which is available here.

Current Last 2020 2019 2018 2017
Federal Funds Rate Target 0.0% - 0.25% 0.0% - 0.25% 0.38% 2.17% 1.82% 1.00%
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