The Federal Reserve unanimously left key policy rates unchanged and continued to stress its “patient” and “data driven” stance. The Fed statement removed "further gradual increases”, signaling a pause in rate hikes, and “autopilot” when referring to their balance sheet runoff. The change in the statement is in partly due to "muted inflation" and recent "global economic and financial developments." The Fed also changed their tone on the pace of U.S. economic growth from “strong” in December to a “solid” pace in early 2019. Here is a noteworthy statement from the Fed officials.
“In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will be patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate to support these outcomes.”
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