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The Federal Reserve (FED) held rates still at 5.25 to 5.5%. Chairman Powell said at a press conference after the meeting, “We will continue to make interest rate decisions on a case-by-case basis based on all data and the impact on economic activity and the outlook for inflation. ”
Powell said that there is still great uncertainty about the timing of interest rate cuts. The forecast for 2024 is only a current estimate.
He believes that the time for interest rate cuts in 2024 will always come, but he said that he would not specify a specific time. He believes that the labor market will eventually weaken, but must proceed with caution, believing that the failure to restore price stability is a more serious problem.
Judging from the interest projections released with the statement, the FED is expected to raise interest rates by another 25 basis points this year, with interest rates peaking at 5.50%-5.75 %.
Technology stocks will be under increasing pressure as rising interest rates push up bond yields, attracting investors to shift more cash into the bond market.
(FOMC interest rate target level, FOMC)
The FED believes that the U.S. economy is improving and has revised its 2023 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast upward to 2.1% from the 1.0% forecast in June. It has also revised the GDP forecast from 1.1% to 1.5% for 2024. The forecast value for 2026 was first announced at 1.8%.
(GDP Forecast, FOMC)
In conclusion, the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain interest rates and revise GDP forecasts upwards in October 2023 is a clear indication of its faith in the U.S. economic outlook.
The FED’s cautious approach to interest rates, its commitment to data-driven decision-making, and its unwavering focus on price stability will play pivotal roles in steering the nation toward sustainable economic growth and stability in the years to come.
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