Fed Pauses Interest Rate Hikes



In an effort to curb soaring inflation, the Federal Reserve has chosen to halt its increase in interest rates. The decision was announced after its two-day meeting, during which the Fed expressed a commitment to mitigating the economic strain that has been caused by escalating prices.

Emphasizing their perception of a robust economic expansion over the last few months, the Fed acknowledged the prevailing challenges posed by rising prices. Americans across the nation have been grappling with the strain of inflated costs impacting their daily lives from the grocery store to the gas pump to even the cost of rent.

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, addressing the media during a press conference on Wednesday, stressed the pivotal role the Fed plays in ensuring price stability.

“Reducing inflation is likely to require a period of below-trend growth and some softening of labor market conditions. Restoring price stability is essential to set the stage for achieving maximum employment and stable prices over the longer run,” he said during the press conference.

Powell also hinted at the possibility of forthcoming rate hikes, underscoring the ongoing efforts to steer inflation towards the targeted 2% mark.

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