United States Fed Funds Rate

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to cut the fed funds rate either by 50bps or 75bps during its next meeting ending on March 18th, in an attempt to curb the economic impact of the coronavirus. On February 28th, Fed Chair Powell issued an unexpected statement saying the fundamentals of the US economy remain strong although the coronavirus poses risks to economic activity and the Fed will use its tools and act as appropriate to support the economy. The statement aimed to calm markets after a big plunge in Wall Street and prompted other central banks all over the world to start loosening. In its latest FOMC decision on January 29th 2020, the Fed left the target range for its federal funds rate unchanged at 1.5-1.75 percent, raised the interest on excess reserves rate (IOER) by 5 basis points to 1.6% and said that overnight repo operations will continue at least through April 2020 to ensure that the supply of reserves remain ample. Interest Rate in the United States averaged 5.62 percent from 1971 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 20 percent in March of 1980 and a record low of 0.25 percent in December of 2008. In the United States, the authority to set interest rates is divided between the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (Board) and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The Board decides on changes in discount rates after recommendations submitted by one or more of the regional Federal Reserve Banks. The FOMC decides on open market operations, including the desired levels of central bank money or the desired federal funds market rate. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Fed Funds Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news.

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