United States Fed Funds Rate 1971-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The benchmark interest rate in the United States was last recorded at 0.25 percent. Interest Rate in the United States averaged 5.96 percent from 1971 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 20 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.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.25 0.25 20.00 0.25 1971 - 2015 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. Content for - United States Fed Funds Rate - was last refreshed on Monday, July 6, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-06-25 01:45 PM
2015-06-26 05:45 PM
2015-06-30 11:00 PM
2015-07-08 07:00 PM 0.25%
2015-07-08 07:00 PM
2015-07-09 10:45 AM


Fed Will Hike Rates by the End of 2015


The Federal Reserve left its target range for the fed funds rate at 0 to 0.25 percent, as expected, but the lawmakers indicated that U.S. economy is growing strong enough to support an interest rate increase by the end of the year.

Extracts From the Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in April suggests that economic activity has been expanding moderately after having changed little during the first quarter. The pace of job gains picked up while the unemployment rate remained steady. On balance, a range of labor market indicators suggests that underutilization of labor resources diminished somewhat. Growth in household spending has been moderate and the housing sector has shown some improvement; however, business fixed investment and net exports stayed soft. Inflation continued to run below the Committee's longer-run objective, partly reflecting earlier declines in energy prices and decreasing prices of non-energy imports; energy prices appear to have stabilized. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.

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 continuing to move toward levels the Committee judges consistent with its dual mandate. The Committee continues to see the risks to the outlook for economic activity and the labor market as nearly balanced. Inflation is anticipated to remain near its recent low level in the near term, but the Committee expects inflation to rise gradually toward 2 percent over the medium term as the labor market improves further and the transitory effects of earlier declines in energy and import prices dissipate. The Committee continues to monitor inflation developments closely.

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 and international developments. The Committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective over the medium term.

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.

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.

Federal Reserve | anna@tradingeconomics.com
6/17/2015 7:10:52 PM


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United States Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 0.25 0.25 20.00 0.25 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 3949307.00 4059338.00 4075024.00 48362.00 USD Million [+]
Money Supply M1 2986.80 2995.20 2995.20 138.90 USD Billion [+]
Money Supply M2 11937.10 11895.90 11937.10 286.60 USD Billion [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 4460131.00 4438189.00 4473864.00 672444.00 USD Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 119535.00 121290.00 153075.00 12128.00 USD Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 1870.68 1856.01 1870.68 13.64 USD Billion [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 15342.31 15292.44 15372.80 697.58 USD Billion [+]
Foreign Bond Investment 6441.00 8037.00 118012.00 -55007.00 USD Million [+]


Interest Rate Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 2.00 Jun/15 2.00 17.50 2.00 percent [+]
Brazil 13.75 Jun/15 13.25 45.00 7.25 percent [+]
Canada 0.75 May/15 0.75 16.00 0.25 percent [+]
China 4.85 Jun/15 5.10 10.98 4.85 percent [+]
Euro Area 0.05 Jun/15 0.05 4.75 0.05 percent [+]
France 0.05 Jun/15 0.05 4.75 0.05 percent [+]
Germany 0.05 Jun/15 0.05 4.75 0.05 percent [+]
India 7.25 Jun/15 7.50 14.50 4.25 percent [+]
Indonesia 7.50 Jun/15 7.50 12.75 5.75 percent [+]
Italy 0.05 Jun/15 0.05 4.75 0.05 percent [+]
Japan 0.00 Jun/15 0.00 9.00 0.00 percent [+]
Mexico 3.00 Jun/15 3.00 9.25 3.00 percent [+]
Netherlands 0.05 Jun/15 0.05 4.75 0.05 percent [+]
Russia 11.50 Jun/15 12.50 17.00 5.00 percent [+]
South Korea 1.50 Jun/15 1.75 5.25 1.50 percent [+]
Spain 0.05 Jun/15 0.05 4.75 0.05 percent [+]
Switzerland -0.75 Jun/15 -0.75 3.50 -0.75 percent [+]
Turkey 7.50 Jun/15 7.50 500.00 4.50 percent [+]
United Kingdom 0.50 Jun/15 0.50 17.00 0.50 percent [+]
United States 0.25 Jun/15 0.25 20.00 0.25 percent [+]