Federal Reserve officials decided on another quarter-point interest rate hike. The September 26 decision took the federal funds rate to a target range of 2.00-2.25%. Notably, the latest Federal Open Market Committee statement removed the word “accommodative,” symbolically shutting the door on the easy money era. In the press conference after that news release, though, Fed chairman Jerome Powell referred to the new funds rate level as “accommodative.” This was the central bank’s third rate move of 2018, and one more is widely expected in December. The FOMC now projects 3.1% growth for the economy in 2019, as opposed to the prior forecast of 2.8%.
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