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Economy in Brief

FOMC Raised Funds Rate to 2.25%
by Tom Moeller December 14, 2004

The Federal Open Market Committee raised the target rate for federal funds by 25 basis points to 2.25%, as expected. The discount rate also was raised 25 basis points to 3.25%.

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 and, coupled with robust underlying growth in productivity, is providing ongoing support to economic activity."

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

"Will the U.S. Productivity Resurgence Continue?" from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York can be found here.

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