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Fed Raises Interest Rates by 0.75 Percentage Point for Third Straight Meeting

Officials project short-term rates will rise above 4.25% by year’s end, signal further large increases at coming meetings

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WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve approved its third consecutive interest-rate rise of 0.75 percentage point and signaled additional large increases were likely even though they are raising the risk of recession.

Fed officials voted unanimously to lift their benchmark federal-funds rate to a range between 3% and 3.25%, a level last seen in early 2008. Nearly all of them expect to raise rates to between 4% and 4.5% by the end of this year, according to new projections released Wednesday, which would call for sizable rate increases at policy meetings in November and December.

 

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