The Federal Reserve Goes Bigger

The Federal Reserve Goes Bigger
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Federal Reserve raised rates by three-quarters of a percentage point (75 basis points) today, the most at any meeting since 1994 and exactly the move Chairman Jerome Powell was dismissive about in early May after the last meeting.  As a result, the target for the federal funds rate is now 1.50 – 1.75%, and it's headed higher.  At the post-meeting press conference, Powell made it clear that the Fed doesn't expect 75 bp rate hikes to become "common," but a rate hike in the 50 – 75 bp range should be expected at the next meeting in July. 

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