The Fed Holds Again

No change on rates. Here’s the Fed’s statement.

The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target for the federal funds rate at 5-1/4 percent.
Economic growth appears to have been moderate during the first half of this year, despite the ongoing adjustment in the housing sector. (This is a slight change from the previous statement which said that growth had slowed.) The economy seems likely to continue to expand at a moderate pace over coming quarters. (Same.)
Readings on core inflation have improved modestly (new! used to be elevated) in recent months. However, a sustained moderation in inflation pressures has yet to be convincingly demonstrated. (Huh? What the hell does that mean??) Moreover, the high level of resource utilization has the potential to sustain those pressures.
In these circumstances, the Committee’s predominant policy concern remains the risk that inflation will fail to moderate as expected. (Same.) Future policy adjustments will depend on the evolution of the outlook for both inflation and economic growth, as implied by incoming information.

I’m taking this as good news. I think the Fed sees that inflation is becoming less of an issue.

Posted by on June 28th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

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