US Fed raises interest rate by 0.25pc

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The higher rates are likely to be welcomed by savers, but not by borrowers who will face more expensive loan terms going forward.

In a press conference with reporters, Powell also said that there was no sign of rising inflation at the moment, which has remained below 2%. The central bank's decision was a response to a sunnier economic outlook, very low unemployment and rising wages. The Fed has also been missing on its targets for mortgage holdings which could be another blow for mortgage rates.

The Fed raised the benchmark interest rate by one-quarter of a point to a range of 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent. Some now envision an annual growth rate of just 1.7 percent for the quarter.

As of March 14, rates on five-year new-car loans had inched up to 4.46% according to Bankrate.com, a personal finance site.

The Fed indicated it will make three rate hikes this year. But it did boost its 2019 estimate from two hikes to three.

Stocks rallied after the announcement. "Some seven of 15 participants now expect at least four rate increases this year, an increase from four of 16 participants at the December meeting".

Yet when he testified to Congress again two days later, Powell tempered his view: He stressed that the Fed still thinks it has room to maintain a moderate pace of rate hikes, in part to allow Americans' average wages, which have stagnated for years, to pick up.

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Expectations for a faster pace of US rate hikes have caused gold to fall more than 3 percent from a 1-1/2 year high reached in January.

Earlier this month, Powell told lawmakers the economy was "strong" and tax cuts would add "meaningfully to growth".

Those declines, caused by controversy over the alleged misuse of user data, filtered through the tech sector, with technology companies.SPLRCT in the benchmark S&P 500 index down 2.0 percent for the week to date. Wednesday's rate change is the sixth since 2015.

The policy move leaves central bankers with room to assess whether they will need to raise rates faster to prevent the economy from overheating.

The move was the latest step away from years of stimulating the world's largest economy in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis and recession.

The Fed's statement did not mention the extra government stimulus that has been added since its most recent economic forecast in the form of a $1.5 trillion tax cut and a budget agreement that will add $300 billion in government spending over two years.

"That's a Fed that really feels good about the economy, not only this year but into next year", said Jim Paulsen, Chief Investment Strategist at The Leuthold Group in Minneapolis. Consumer spending, for example, the economy's primary fuel, has slowed. The Fed declared that inflation would rise to the Fed's 2% target in 2019 and that employment gains would remain strong. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures CLc1 gained $1.63, or 2.6 percent, to settle at $65.17, their highest since February 2.

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