Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fed Holds Federal Funds Rate at 5.25 Percent

Fed Holds Federal Funds Rate at 5.25 Percent

The Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee today announced it would maintain the target for the federal funds rate at 5.25 percent. This is the fifth consecutive month the committee opted to keep the key rate unchanged, following gradual increases from 1 percent to 5.25 percent between June 2004 and July 2006. The federal funds target rate is the interest rate charged by banks when they borrow funds "overnight" from each other.

In a prepared statement, the Fed acknowledged positive signs for moderate economic growth in the coming months, including the stabilizing housing market, but still cautioned that some inflation risks remain. Future interest rate increases "will depend on the evolution of the outlook for both inflation and economic growth, as implied by incoming information," according to the statement.

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