FOMC Keeps Fed Funds Rate Unchanged

The Federal Reserve kept the Fed Funds Rate unchanged at the conclusion of their FOMC meeting today. The rate will continue to be a target range of 5.25% to 5.50%. They also conditioned “additional policy firming” on future developments and analysis related to monetary policy and the lag effects of tightening.

Banks will keep the Prime Rate at 8.50%.

The Federal Reserve says it will continue to reduce its holdings of mortgage and treasury securities according to the same plan it announced in May 2022, reducing mortgage securities by $35 billion per month and treasury securities by $60 billion per month. They have yet to hit the cumulative targets in their efforts at tapering their balance sheet and continue to maintain a much higher balance sheet than projected.

 


Press Release

December 13, 2023

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement
For release at 2:00 p.m. EST

Recent indicators suggest that growth of economic activity has slowed from its strong pace in the third quarter. Job gains have moderated since earlier in the year but remain strong, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Inflation has eased over the past year but remains elevated.

The U.S. banking system is sound and resilient. Tighter financial and credit conditions for households and businesses are likely to weigh on economic activity, hiring, and inflation. The extent of these effects remains uncertain. The Committee remains highly attentive to inflation risks.

The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 5-1/4 to 5-1/2 percent. The Committee will continue to assess additional information and its implications for monetary policy. In determining the extent of any additional policy firming that may be appropriate to return inflation to 2 percent over time, the Committee will take into account the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation, and economic and financial developments. In addition, the Committee will continue reducing its holdings of Treasury securities and agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, as described in its previously announced plans. The Committee is strongly committed to returning inflation to its 2 percent objective.

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 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; Michael S. Barr; Michelle W. Bowman; Lisa D. Cook; Austan D. Goolsbee; Patrick Harker; Philip N. Jefferson; Neel Kashkari; Adriana D. Kugler; Lorie K. Logan; and Christopher J. Waller.