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Financial News: Fed Raises Interest Rates By 25 Basis Points,

Fed Raises Interest Rates By 25 Basis Points, Boosts Economic Projections

09/26/2018 - 14:20:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - In a widely expected move, the Federal Reserve announced its decision to raise interest rates by 25 basis points on Wednesday.

The Fed decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 2 to 2.25 percent, citing realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation.

The accompany statement said data received since the Fed's August meeting indicates the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate.

The central bank also reiterated that average job gains have been strong in recent months and noted annual inflation remains near 2 percent.

Looking ahead, the Fed said future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate will be based on realized and expected economic conditions relative to the central bank's maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 percent inflation objective.

"This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments," the Fed said.

The Fed's projections for future rate hikes points to one more increase in rates this year and three rate hikes next year.

The outlook for GDP growth in 2018 was upwardly revised to 3.1 percent from 2.8 percent, while the median projection for GDP growth in 2019 inched up to 2.5 percent from 2.4 percent.

At 2:30 pm ET, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is scheduled to hold a press conference to discuss the unanimous decision to raise interest rates and well as the economic outlook.

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