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Economy in Brief

FOMC Leaves Funds Rate Near Zero Continuing to Cite COVID-19 Impacts
by Tom Moeller  December 16, 2020

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 indicated that, "The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world."

The Fed reiterated its comment from the last meeting that, "The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus. The ongoing public health crisis will continue to weigh on economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook over the medium term."

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."

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

Today's action was supported by all Committee members.

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%

At today's meeting, the Fed updated its economic projections.


2020 2021 2022 2023
Real GDP (Q4/Q4) -2.4 (previously -3.7) 4.2 (previously 4.0) 3.2 (previously 3.0) 2.4 (previously 2.5)
PCE Inflation (Q4/Q4) 1.2 1.8 (previously 1.7) 1.9 (previously 1.8) 2.0
Core PCE Inflation (Q4/Q4) 1.4 (previously 1.5) 1.8 (previously 1.7) 1.9 (previously 1.8) 2.0
Unemployment Rate 6.7 (previously 7.6) 5.0 (previously 5.5) 4.2 (previously 4.6) 3.7 (previously 4.0)
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