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 Fed Boardroom

Federal Reserve FOMC Statement

Federal Reserve Announcement  Wednesday 16 December 2020 14:00:00 ET

FOMC Benchmark Interest Rate Target Range UNCH .00-0.25%

Interest Rate On Excess Reserves UNCH .10%

Conference To Follow At 2.30 ET PM With Chairman Powell

Highlights

  • Fed funds rate left at 0 to 0.25%, as expected
  • IOER left at 0.10%, as expected
  • Statement continues nod to average inflation target
  • Fed funds rate held in 0.00-0.25% range, as expected
  • No change in weighted average maturity of portfolio Repeats that "committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy"
  • Will continue to buy $80B/month in Treasuries and $40B/month in MBS Will continue bond buys "until substantial further progress has been made toward the Committee's maximum employment and price stability goals."
  • Repeats that "The ongoing public health crisis will continue to weigh on economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook over the medium term"
  • Dot plot at end of 2023 remains at zero.
  • Vote was 10-0

 Change From Last Month:

 

December 16 2020 For release at 2:00 p.m.EDT

The full FOMC statement for December 16  2020

The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals.

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world. Economic activity and employment have continued to recover but remain well below their levels at the beginning of the year. Weaker demand and earlier declines in oil prices have been holding down consumer price inflation. Overall financial conditions remain accommodative, in part reflecting policy measures to support the economy and the flow of credit to U.S. households and businesses. 

The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus. The ongoing public health crisis will continue to weigh on economic activity, employment, and inflation in the near term, and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook over the medium term. 

The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run. With inflation running persistently below this longer-run goal, the Committee will aim to achieve inflation moderately above 2 percent for some time so that inflation averages 2 percent over time and longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored at 2 percent. The Committee expects to maintain an accommodative stance of monetary policy until these outcomes are achieved.

The Committee decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and expects it will be appropriate to maintain this target range until labor market conditions have reached levels consistent with the Committee's assessments of maximum employment and inflation has risen to 2 percent and is on track to moderately exceed 2 percent for some time. In addition, the Federal Reserve will continue to increase its holdings of Treasury securities by at least $80 billion per month and of agency mortgage-backed securities by at least $40 billion per month until substantial further progress has been made toward the Committee's maximum employment and price stability goals. These asset purchases help foster smooth market functioning and accommodative financial conditions, thereby supporting the flow of credit to households and businesses. 

In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee's goals. The Committee's assessments will take into account a wide range of information, including readings on public health, labor market conditions, inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and financial and international developments.

Voting for the monetary policy action were Jerome H. Powell, Chair; John C. Williams, Vice Chair; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; Richard H. Clarida; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Neel Kashkari; Loretta J. Mester; and Randal K. Quarles.

December 16 FOMC STATEMENT CHANGES via Newsquawk @Newsquawk

 

Source: Federal Reserve

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