United States Fed Funds Rate  1971-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The Federal Reserve raised the target range for its federal funds by 25bps to 0.75 percent to 1 percent during its March 2017 meeting. The decision came in line with market expectations as the labor market strengthened and economic activity continued to expand at a moderate pace, policymakers said. Interest rate forecasts point to another two rate hikes this year, the same as in the December projection. Interest Rate in the United States averaged 5.81 percent from 1971 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 20 percent in March of 1980 and a record low of 0.25 percent in December of 2008.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-12-14 07:00 PM Fed Interest Rate Decision 0.75% 0.5% 0.75% 0.75%
2017-02-01 07:00 PM Fed Interest Rate Decision 0.75% 0.75% 0.75% 0.75%
2017-03-15 06:00 PM Fed Interest Rate Decision 1% 0.75% 1% 1%
2017-03-29 01:20 PM Fed Evans Speech
2017-03-29 03:30 PM Fed Rosengren Speech
2017-03-29 05:15 PM Fed Williams Speech




Fed Raises Key Rate To 1%


The Federal Reserve raised the target range for its federal funds by 25bps to 0.75 percent to 1 percent during its March 2017 meeting. The decision came in line with market expectations as the labor market strengthened and economic activity continued to expand at a moderate pace, policymakers said. Interest rate forecasts point to another two rate hikes this year, the same as in the December projection.

The economy is expected to grow 2.1 percent this year (2.1 percent in the December projection), 2.1 percent in 2018 (2 percent in the December projection) and 1.9 percent in 2019 (1.9 percent in the December projection). Unemployment forecasts were left steady at 4.5 percent for 2017, 2018 and 2019 and PCE inflation was also left unchanged at 1.9 percent for 2017, 2 percent in 2018 and 2 percent in 2019.

FOMC Statement:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in February indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has continued to expand at a moderate pace. Job gains remained solid and the unemployment rate was little changed in recent months. Household spending has continued to rise moderately while business fixed investment appears to have firmed somewhat. Inflation has increased in recent quarters, moving close to the Committee's 2 percent longer-run objective; excluding energy and food prices, inflation was little changed and continued to run somewhat below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee expects that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further, and inflation will stabilize around 2 percent over the medium term. Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced. The Committee continues to closely monitor inflation indicators and global economic and financial developments.

In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3/4 to 1 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. The Committee will carefully monitor actual and expected inflation developments relative to its symmetric inflation goal. The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.

The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction, and it anticipates doing so until normalization of the level of the federal funds rate is well under way. This policy, by keeping the Committee's holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.

Federal Reserve | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/15/2017 6:26:48 PM



United States Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 1.00 0.75 20.00 0.25 percent [+]
Interbank Rate 1.15 1.15 10.63 0.22 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 3746400.00 3595455.00 4075024.00 48362.00 USD Million [+]
Money Supply M1 3374.00 3396.20 3396.20 138.90 USD Billion [+]
Money Supply M2 13313.10 13270.10 13313.10 286.60 USD Billion [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 119183.00 117332.00 153075.00 12128.00 USD Million [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 4426660.00 4423680.00 4473860.00 672444.00 USD Million [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 16204500.00 16133100.00 16204500.00 697581.70 USD Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 2096.03 2100.46 2104.76 13.65 USD Billion [+]
Private Debt to GDP 198.49 198.37 213.28 155.67 percent [+]
Foreign Bond Investment -6974.00 -21872.00 118012.00 -76586.00 USD Million [+]



United States Fed Funds Rate Notes

In the United States, the authority to set interest rates is divided between the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (Board) and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The Board decides on changes in discount rates after recommendations submitted by one or more of the regional Federal Reserve Banks. The FOMC decides on open market operations, including the desired levels of central bank money or the desired federal funds market rate. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Fed Funds Rate - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Fed Funds Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.00 0.75 20.00 0.25 1971 - 2017 percent Daily



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Haiti 20.00 Feb/17
Iran 18.00 Dec/16
Angola 16.00 Feb/17
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Belarus 15.00 Mar/17
Yemen 15.00 Feb/17
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Congo 14.00 Feb/17
Mongolia 14.00 Feb/17
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Ukraine 14.00 Mar/17
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Liberia 13.70 Feb/17
Guinea 12.50 Feb/17
Suriname 12.50 Dec/15
Tajikistan 12.50 Feb/17
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Brazil 12.25 Mar/17
Tanzania 12.00 Mar/17
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Qatar 5.00 Mar/17
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Indonesia 4.75 Mar/17
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El Salvador 4.56 Dec/16
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Mali 4.50 Feb/17
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China 4.35 Feb/17
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Peru 4.25 Mar/17
Tunisia 4.25 Feb/17
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Iraq 4.00 Feb/17
Jordan 4.00 Feb/17
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Serbia 4.00 Mar/17
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Macedonia 3.50 Jan/17
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Chile 3.00 Mar/17
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Libya 3.00 Feb/17
Malaysia 3.00 Mar/17
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Kuwait 2.75 Mar/17
Belize 2.50 Feb/17
Croatia 2.50 Jan/17
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Chad 2.45 Feb/17
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Republic of the Congo 2.45 Feb/17
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Morocco 2.25 Mar/17
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Romania 1.75 Feb/17
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Australia 1.50 Mar/17
Poland 1.50 Mar/17
Thailand 1.50 Mar/17
Taiwan 1.38 Mar/17
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Hong Kong 1.25 Mar/17
Macau 1.25 Mar/17
South Korea 1.25 Feb/17
Oman 1.24 Feb/17
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United States 1.00 Mar/17
Hungary 0.90 Mar/17
Panama 0.58 Dec/16
Canada 0.50 Mar/17
Fiji 0.50 Feb/17
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New Caledonia 0.25 Feb/17
United Kingdom 0.25 Mar/17
Singapore 0.22 Feb/17
Israel 0.10 Feb/17
Czech Republic 0.05 Feb/17
Austria 0.00 Mar/17
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Italy 0.00 Mar/17
Latvia 0.00 Mar/17
Lithuania 0.00 Mar/17
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