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    Federal Reserve Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged While Forecasting Slower Pace of Cuts in 2024


    Federal Reserve Maintains Interest Rates While Expecting Single Reduction in 2024

    The Federal Reserve committee kept interest rates unchanged at their latest monetary policy meeting, while projecting a more gradual path of rate cuts over the coming year compared to prior forecasts. The central bank acknowledged “modest further progress” towards the 2% inflation goal in its policy statement, an upgrade from the last review.

    However, members of the rate-setting panel updated their outlook to indicate rates may need to remain higher for longer to successfully bring inflation down. The projected neutral rate, which is neither stimulating nor restricting economic activity, was lifted to 2.8% from the previous estimate of 2.6%. This signals that interest rates will have to stay above longer-term trend levels to curb rising consumer prices.

    According to the new quarterly projections, a small 0.25% cut is now anticipated by end of 2024 versus the three reductions envisaged three months ago. Inflation expectations for the close of this year were also lifted slightly to 2.6%. While reductions may start later, rates are forecast to drop sharply over 2025 and 2026 by a full percentage point each year.

    The is still expected to grow modestly above trend at 2.1% in 2022 despite a soft first quarter. Unemployment is projected to hold at the current low level of 4% through the year. Recent data indicates job gains have remained strong supporting ongoing expansion.

    In sum, the Fed is taking a more gradual approach to rate adjustments in response to recent mixed signals on inflation. Steady progress is needed before significantly easing policy, as officials now believe higher rates are required to bring inflation under control over the long-run.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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