Fed Slows Rate Increases, Raises Only 25 Basis Points, As Expected (Future Rate Hikes Projected To Slow As Inflation Slows)

The Federal Reserve slowed its drive to rein in inflation and said further interest-rate hikes are in store as officials debate when to end their most aggressive tightening of credit in four decades.

Policymakers lifted the Fed’s target for its benchmark rate by a quarter percentage point to a range of 4.5% to 4.75%. The smaller move followed a half-point increase in December and four jumbo-sized 75 basis-point hikes prior to that.

The unanimous decision by the Federal Open Market Committee was in line with financial market expectations.

Markets are forecasting a pivot after the June meeting in 2023.

The face of The Federal Reserve. Although Yellen is now Biden’s Secretary of Treasury.