Braking Down The Noise

Federal Reserve Hikes by 0.75 Point, Signals Slower Increases but Ultimately Higher Rates

Chairman Jerome Powell says too soon to talk about pausing rate increases

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WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve lifted interest rates by another 0.75 percentage point to combat inflation and signaled plans to keep raising them, possibly in smaller increments but to higher levels than previously anticipated.

The increase approved Wednesday, the Fed’s fourth consecutive 0.75-point rate rise, lifts the central bank’s benchmark federal-funds to a range between 3.75% and 4%. After the decision, Chairman Jerome Powell said officials would contemplate a smaller hike at their next meeting in December. But he cautioned that they might raise borrowing costs next year more than they have projected.

 

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