United States Fed Funds Rate 1971-2014 | Data | Chart | Calendar

During the meeting held on October 29th, US Federal Open Market Committee decided to end its asset purchase program. Interest Rate in the United States averaged 6.04 Percent from 1971 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 20.00 Percent in March of 1980 and a record low of 0.25 Percent in December of 2008. Interest Rate in the United States is reported by the Federal Reserve.

   
 
 

United States Fed Funds Rate


Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.25 0.25 20.00 0.25 1971 - 2014 Percent Daily
In the United States, the authority for interest rate decisions 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 - Fed Cuts QE to $65 Billion Pace - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - United States Fed Funds Rate - was last refreshed on Friday, October 31, 2014.


Fed Ends QE


The Federal Reserve decided on October 29th to end its asset purchase program and signaled a rate hike may occur sooner than anticipated if inflation and employment improve further.

Extracts from the Federal Reserve Press Release:

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee expects that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, with labor market indicators and inflation moving toward levels the Committee judges consistent with its dual mandate. The Committee sees the risks to the outlook for economic activity and the labor market as nearly balanced. Although inflation in the near term will likely be held down by lower energy prices and other factors, the Committee judges that the likelihood of inflation running persistently below 2 percent has diminished somewhat since early this year.

The Committee judges that there has been a substantial improvement in the outlook for the labor market since the inception of its current asset purchase program. Moreover, the Committee continues to see sufficient underlying strength in the broader economy to support ongoing progress toward maximum employment in a context of price stability. Accordingly, the Committee decided to conclude its asset purchase program this month. 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. This policy, by keeping the Committee's holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.

To support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee today reaffirmed its view that the current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate. In determining how long to maintain this target range, the Committee will assess progress-both realized and expected-toward 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 developments. The Committee anticipates, based on its current assessment, that it likely will be appropriate to maintain the 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time following the end of its asset purchase program this month, especially if projected inflation continues to run below the Committee's 2 percent longer-run goal, and provided that longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored. However, if incoming information indicates faster progress toward the Committee's employment and inflation objectives than the Committee now expects, then increases in the target range for the federal funds rate are likely to occur sooner than currently anticipated. Conversely, if progress proves slower than expected, then increases in the target range are likely to occur later than currently anticipated.

When the Committee decides to begin to remove policy accommodation, it will take a balanced approach consistent with its longer-run goals of maximum employment and inflation of 2 percent. The Committee currently anticipates that, even after employment and inflation are near mandate-consistent levels, economic conditions may, for some time, warrant keeping the target federal funds rate below levels the Committee views as normal in the longer run.

US Federal Reserve | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
10/29/2014 6:29:59 PM


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Calendar GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-09-17 07:00 PM United States
QE MBS
$5B $10B $5B $5B%
2014-09-17 07:00 PM United States
QE Treasuries
$10B $15B $10B $10B%
2014-09-17 07:00 PM United States
Fed Interest Rate Decision
0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
2014-10-17 01:30 PM United States
Fed's Yellen Speech
2014-10-29 06:00 PM United States
Fed Interest Rate Decision
0.25% 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%


United States Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 0.25 0.25 20.00 0.25 Percent [+]
Money Supply M0 4049181.00 4075024.00 4075024.00 40425.00 USD Million [+]
Money Supply M1 2855.40 2806.00 2855.40 138.90 USD Billion [+]
Money Supply M2 11474.10 11439.20 11474.10 286.60 USD Billion [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 4436686.00 4417733.00 4436686.00 672444.00 USD Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 141309.00 142916.00 153075.00 12128.00 USD Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 7784.95 7765.24 7784.95 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 14792.09 14807.18 14813.26 697.58 USD Billion [+]