Braking Down The Noise

Fed Meeting to Focus on Interest Rates’ Coming Path

Another 0.75-point rise is likely this week, as the pace of future moves takes the spotlight

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Wall Street analysts will be focused Wednesday on what Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says about whether the central bank might slow down interest-rate rises at its next policy meeting in December.

Fed officials have already indicated that they are likely to raise their benchmark federal-funds rate by 0.75 percentage point this week to a range between 3.75% and 4%. That would mark their fourth consecutive increase of that size as they seek to reduce inflation by slowing the economy. Some of the officials recently began signaling their desire to start reducing the size of increases after this week and to potentially stop lifting rates early next year so they can see the effects of their moves.

 

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