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The Week Ahead: FOMC Meeting to Announce Rate Hike?

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Brandon Farber

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The Federal Open Market Committee will meet again this week, with the group's Forecasts scheduled for release on Wednesday, June 6, at 2 p.m. ET, and Fed Chair Jerome Powell's press conference scheduled thereafter at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. While the FOMC could always surprise us, many industry experts expect the Fed to announce another short-term interest rate hike.

The May meeting of the FOMC left interest rates unchanged, after having increased them previously in March.

“In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 percent,” the Fed said in a statement after the meeting. “The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.”

The Central Bank had stated that it was targeting an inflation rate of 2 percent at the beginning of the year, and after the meeting, it said: “On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy have moved close to 2 percent.”

The FOMC forecast report covers GDP, the PCE price index, the unemployment rate, and forecasts of the next change in the Fed funds rate and the expected rate at the end of the next two years. The FOMC forecasts are compiled based on individual outlooks from each Fed governor and District president.

About Author: David Wharton

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David Wharton, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 15 years of experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at David.Wharton@DSNews.com.

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