Fed Keeps Interest Rates Steady

At the last regularly scheduled meeting of the year, the Federal Reserve kept steady the Fed Funds Rate at the conclusion of their FOMC meeting today. The rate is currently a target range of 1.50% to 1.75%.

Banks maintained their same Prime Rates at 4.75%.

In 2020, the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) plans to hold its meetings on January 28-29, March 17-18, April 28-29, June 9-10, July 28-29, September 15-16, November 4-5, and December 15-16.

 


December 11, 2019

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

For release at 2:00 p.m. EST

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in October indicates that the labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate. Job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Although household spending has been rising at a strong pace, business fixed investment and exports remain weak. On a 12‑month basis, overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1‑1/2 to 1-3/4 percent. 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 percent objective. The Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook, including global developments and muted inflation pressures, as […]

Prime Rate Lowered To 4.75%

After today’s .25% rate decrease in the target range for the Fed Funds Rate, banks adjusted their Prime Rates with a corresponding decrease from 5.00% to 4.75%. These changes are effective for most banks tomorrow, October 31, 2019.

In addition to interest rate decreases for commercial loans and credit cards, expect rate decreases in many consumer loans which are based upon the Prime Rate – for instance home equity loans, car loans, and personal loans.

FOMC Cuts Fed Funds Rate Again

The Federal Reserve lowered the Fed Funds Rate 1/4 point at the conclusion of their FOMC meeting today. The rate will now be a target range of 1.50% to 1.75%.

Banks are expected to lower the Prime Rate to 4.75% tomorrow.

 


October 30, 2019

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

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September indicates that the labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate. Job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Although household spending has been rising at a strong pace, business fixed investment and exports remain weak. On a 12-month basis, overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. In light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures, the Committee decided to lower the target range for the federal funds rate to 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent. This action supports the Committee’s view that sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective are the most likely outcomes, but uncertainties about this outlook remain. The Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook as it assesses the appropriate path of the target range for the federal funds rate.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, […]

Prime Rate Drops To 5.00%

After today’s .25% rate decrease in the target range for the Fed Funds Rate, banks adjusted their Prime Rates with a corresponding decrease from 5.25% to 5.00%. These changes are effective for most banks tomorrow, September 19, 2019.

In addition to interest rate decreases for commercial loans and credit cards, expect rate decreases in many consumer loans which are based upon the Prime Rate – for instance home equity loans, car loans, and personal loans.

Fed Lowers Fed Funds Rate

The Federal Reserve lowered the Fed Funds Rate 1/4 point at the conclusion of their FOMC meeting today. The rate will now be a target range of 1.75% to 2.00%.

Banks are expected to lower the Prime Rate to 5.00% tomorrow.

 


September 18, 2019

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July indicates that the labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate. Job gains have been solid, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Although household spending has been rising at a strong pace, business fixed investment and exports have weakened. On a 12-month basis, overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. In light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures, the Committee decided to lower the target range for the federal funds rate to 1-3/4 to 2 percent. This action supports the Committee’s view that sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective are the most likely outcomes, but uncertainties about this outlook remain. As the Committee contemplates the future path of the target range for the federal funds rate, it will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook and will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion, with a strong labor market and inflation near its symmetric 2 percent objective.

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