Fed leaves rates unchanged and forecasts show no change in 2020

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged and signalled it would keep them on hold through 2020 amid a solid economy, sticking to the sidelines during an election year.

“The committee judges that the current stance of monetary policy is appropriate to support sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the committee’s symmetric 2 per cent objective,” the Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement on Wednesday [Thursday morning AEDT] following a two-day meeting.

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell; The US central bank has left interest rates unchanged.Credit:AP

The Fed, in its first unanimous vote since May, said it will continue to monitor the implications of data for the economic outlook “including global developments and muted inflation pressures.” Officials also removed an earlier reference to “uncertainties” remaining about the outlook.

Policy makers had been widely expected to leave the target range for the federal funds rate at 1.5 per cent to 1.75 per cent after three straight cuts that helped calm concerns the economy could falter. Officials forecast their policy remains supportive of growth in coming years even with the US and China yet to reach a trade deal, Brexit’s future in question ahead of Thursday’s UK election and a lacklustre global economic picture.


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