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Economy in Brief

FOMC Leaves Fed Funds Target Unchanged
by Gerald D. Cohen  August 1, 2018

At the two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee that ended today, the members voted unanimously to keep federal funds rate target unchanged in a range between 1.75% and 2.00%. This outcome is in line with expectations from the Action Economics Forecast Survey. The statement from today's meeting suggested that additional rate increases are likely to be forthcoming.

The FOMC noted "that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate." Meanwhile, overall inflation and inflation less food & energy remain near the 2% objective, and longer-term inflation expectations are little changed. Despite the strength of the economy, "risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced."

The Fed's statement also indicated that the "stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation."

The press release for today's FOMC meeting can be found here.

The Action Economics Forecast Survey can be found in the AS1REPNA database. Haver's SURVEYS database contains the economic projections from the FOMC (with the latest from June 12-13 meeting).

Current Last 2017 2016 2015 2014
Federal Funds Rate Target 1.75% - 2.00% 1.75% - 2.00% 1.00% 0.40% 0.13% 0.09%
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