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FED: FOMC held the funds rate at 1.25% to 1.50% on 9-0 vote, but
acknowledged some pickup in inflation recently despite it remaining
- The statement says that "inflation on a 12-month basis is
expected to move up this year", a change from the language in December
that said inflation is expected to "remain somewhat below 2 percent in
the near term." In both cases, though, they say inflation will stabilize
around 2% in the medium term.
- The statement also said market-based measures of inflation compensation
"have increased in recent months but remain low", rather than just saying they
- The FOMC still expect conditions to warrant "further gradual rate
increases," adding the word "further."
- Employment, household spending, business fixed investment growth
was seen as "solid" while the unemployment rate has stayed low.