Federal Reserve Hikes Benchmark Bank Rate by 75bps to Battle Elevated Inflation

Federal Reserve Hikes Benchmark Bank Rate by 75bps to Battle Elevated Inflation


The U.S. Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate on Wednesday afternoon by three-quarters of a percentage point. The central bank’s move follows the consumer price index (CPI) report last week that showed U.S. inflation jumped last month by 8.3% per annum.

Fed Raises Federal Funds Rate by 75bps anticipates ‘Ongoing Increases’

On September 21, 2022, the U.S. central bank and Fed chair Jerome Powell increased the benchmark bank rate by 75 basis points (bps). The Fed’s federal funds rate is now coasting along at 3.25%. The decision follows the recent CPI report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Fed officials like Powell noting that that the American economy may feel “some pain.”

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The Fed’s 75bps rate hike is the third three-quarters

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