Fed raises interest rates, citing ongoing U.S. recovery

16 Dec

Reblogged from Reuters – Howard Schneider and Jason Lange

The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, signaling faith that the U.S. economy had largely overcome the wounds of the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

The U.S. central bank’s policy-setting committee raised the range of its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to between 0.25 percent and 0.50 percent, ending a lengthy debate about whether the economy was strong enough to withstand higher borrowing costs.

"With the economy performing well and expected to continue to do so, the committee judges that a modest increase in the federal funds rate is appropriate," Fed Chair Janet Yellen said in a press conference after the rate decision was announced. "The economic recovery has clearly come a long way."

>> Read More: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-idUSKBN0TY2EX20151216?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

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