The federal government drastically upgraded its forecasted 2018 economic outlook Wednesday, saying the USA economy was rising at a "solid" rate; an increase from its previous prediction of "moderate" growth.
The central bank also signaled two more hikes are coming in 2018 and four in 2019, a possible sign of concern about accelerating inflation in the US.
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In another slight change of language - something sure to catch the attention of Fed watchers - it said "further gradual increases" in the key rate "will be consistent with sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labour market conditions and inflation near the Committee's symmetric two per cent objective over the medium term".
The US economy continues to strengthen, the Fed indicated, and it no longer needs the historically low interest rates that were put in place in the aftermath of the financial crisis to stimulate growth. He'll likely address the decision to hike rates and the Fed's views on the overall economic outlook.
"We don't think that the natural rate of unemployment - it's not one of those variables that moves around a lot", Powell said Wednesday.
The central bank's updated projections showed that policymakers' median expectation for economic growth for this year rose a notch to 2.8 percent from its previous forecast in March.
Estimates of longer-run interest rates were unchanged and seen reaching as high as 3.4 per cent in 2020 before dropping to 2.9 per cent in the longer run.
Fed policy makers now see US unemployment at 3.6 per cent in the fourth quarter, followed by 3.5 per cent in 2019 and 2020, based on median projections. Nor is there a rule that says rate hikes can't be announced between the official meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee, which concluded this month's session Wednesday. The Fed's new projection sees inflation at 2.1 percent, compared with 1.9 percent in its March forecast. Hence, we can see the USA 10-year yield to enter uncharted territory above 3 percent in medium term.
The forecast for real GDP growth for 2018 was revised to 2.8 percent from 2.7 earlier.
But it's widely expected that - if not at this meeting, then next month - the European Central Bank will set out a timetable for when it ends its quantitative easing program, which may be as early as the end of this year.
Interest rate hikes will hit consumers in their wallets.
Nor is the Fed obligated to hike rates just because it has publicly said it will do so.
US central bankers again emphasized on Wednesday that the goal is "symmetric", and they said in minutes of the May meeting that "a temporary period of inflation modestly above 2 per cent" would help anchor long-run inflation expectations around the target.
The Fed has partially attributed sluggish wage growth to low productivity, or value added per hour on the job, and suggests the situation could stabilize with continued economic growth.
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