FOMC Raises Rates and Signals One More 2018 Hike

At its meeting today, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously voted to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 2.0 to 2.25 percent. It was the third hike this year. The committee signaled one more increase this year as economic activity has been rising at a strong rate.

Committee members expect “that further gradual increases in the target range for the federal funds rate will be consistent with sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labor market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 percent objective over the medium term.”

The Committee’s revised economic projections raised the forecast for 2018 GDP growth from 2.8 to 3.1 percent. Additionally, they nudged up the projected year-end unemployment rate from 3.6 to 3.7 percent.

The balance sheet normalization program continues to be carried out as planned. Come October, $30 billion of Treasury securities and $20 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities will be rolled off the balance sheet per month.

Read the FOMC statement and economic projections.