Wed, 01/25/2012 - 13:33 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
The Federal Reserve says it is unlikely to raise interest rates before late 2014, extending a period of record-low rates by more than a year. The Fed says it is keeping rates low to help lift a weak but modestly growing economy.» E-Mail This» Add to Del.icio.us
Today the Federal Reserve will meet and announce at 2PM NY time whether or not they are hiking rates. The fact that there is so much mainstream media attention being placed on this announcement as one that could tank the US stock markets if they announce a rate hike versus cause it to soar if they announce further delays is absurd if one pauses for a rational second to consider the following. The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates to 0.00% to 0.25% on 16 December 2008, and it has been at this level for more than 6½ years now!
Federal Reserve policy makers judged that risks facing the U.S. economy argued for keeping interest rates near record lows for longer, minutes of their most recent policy meeting showed.
“Many participants indicated that their assessment of the balance of risks associated with the timing of the beginning of policy normalization had inclined them toward keeping the federal funds rate at its effective lower bound for a longer time,” according to a record of the Jan. 27-28 Federal Open Market Committee meeting released on Wednesday in Washington.