United States Fed: Increase Interest Rate by 0.25% to 0.25% to 0.5% Range, Target 1.9% by End of 2022
18th March 2022 | Hong Kong
The United States Federal Reserve (Fed) has voted to increase interest rate by 0.25% to 0.25% to 0.50% range, the first interest rate hike since 2018. The Fed committee also target at increases at the next 6 meetings in 2022, with interest rate hike to 1.9%/ 2% by the end of 2022. The committee also sees 3 more interest rate increase in 2023. With the hike, the Fed officials indicated the rate increases means there will be slower economic growth in 2022. The current Fed Chairman is Jerome Powell. FOMC: “The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. With appropriate firming in the stance of monetary policy, the Committee expects inflation to return to its 2 percent objective and the labor market to remain strong.” See below for full statement. (FOMC ~ Federal Open Market Committee)
“ United States Fed: Increase Interest Rate by 0.25% to 0.25% to 0.5% Range, Target 1.9% by End of 2022 “
Federal Reserve Issues FOMC statement
FOMC: Indicators of economic activity and employment have continued to strengthen. Job gains have been strong in recent months, and the unemployment rate has declined substantially. Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher energy prices, and broader price pressures.
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The implications for the U.S. economy are highly uncertain, but in the near term the invasion and related events are likely to create additional upward pressure on inflation and weigh on economic activity.
The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. With appropriate firming in the stance of monetary policy, the Committee expects inflation to return to its 2 percent objective and the labor market to remain strong. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1/4 to 1/2 percent and anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate. In addition, the Committee expects to begin reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities at a coming meeting.
In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee’s goals. The Committee’s assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health, labor market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments.
Voting for the monetary policy action were Jerome H. Powell, Chair; John C. Williams, Vice Chair; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; Esther L. George; Patrick Harker; Loretta J. Mester; and Christopher J. Waller. Voting against this action was James Bullard, who preferred at this meeting to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by 0.5 percentage point to 1/2 to 3/4 percent. Patrick Harker voted as an alternate member at this meeting.