Headline RoundupJanuary 31st, 2024

Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that interest rates will remain unchanged for the time being.

Details: Interest rates are currently at 5.25% to 5.5%, the highest level in 22 years. The Federal Reserve began raising rates in 2022 in an effort to slow economic growth and reduce inflation. The last rate hike was in July, and has remained unchanged since then. Positive economic reports in recent months led analysts and stock traders to speculate that the Fed would soon begin cutting rates. The Federal Reserve sought to cool exceptions of cuts in the immediate future on Wednesday.

Key Quotes: A statement from the Fed read, “The Committee does not expect it will be appropriate to reduce the target range for the federal funds rate until it has gained greater confidence that inflation is moving sustainably toward 2 percent.” Speaking with reporters following the announcement, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said, “If the economy evolves broadly as expected, it will likely be appropriate to begin dialing back policy restraint at some point this year. But the economy has surprised forecasters in many ways since the pandemic, and ongoing progress toward our 2% inflation objective is not assured.”

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the announcement. While coverage noted frustrations that interest rates remain elevated, outlets included data and reports casting a positive light on the state of the economy, specifically noting cooling inflation and low unemployment.

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