Wednesday, October 30, 2013

FOMC HOLDS FED FUNDS RATE TARGET AT 0.25% (AS EXPECTED):

NO TAPER; WILL WAIT FOR MORE SIGNS OF GROWTH BEFORE MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

- Vote 9-1 (Voting against the action was Esther L. George, who was concerned that the continued high level of monetary accommodation increased the risks of future economic and financial imbalances and, over time, could cause an increase in long-term inflation expectations.)


- Economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace. Indicators of labor market conditions have shown some further improvement, but the unemployment rate remains elevated. Available data suggest that household spending and business fixed investment advanced, while the recovery in the housing sector slowed somewhat in recent months. Fiscal policy is restraining economic growth.

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