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Fed pledges to keep rates near zero until full employment, inflation come back
Thursday, 30 April 2020 01:16 WIB | FISCAL & MONETARY |Fiskal & Moneter

The Federal Reserve painted a dour picture of current conditions and pledged Wednesday to continue its historically aggressive policy stance until it is comfortable that the U.S. economy is back on its feet.

Following this week™s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the central bank said it would maintain its current interest rate target between 0% and 0.25%.

œThe ongoing public health crisis will weigh heavily on economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook over the medium term, the committee said in its post-meeting statement. œThe Committee expects to maintain this target range until it is confident that the economy has weathered recent events and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability goals.

The commitment was stronger than most market participants expected and represents a pledge to hold rates near zero and keep them there until full employment returns and inflation gets back to around the Fed™s long-stated 2% goal.

The move comes after a historically unprecedented time for the Fed.

Source: CNBC

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