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United States Interest Rate

Last Release
May 01, 2024
Actual
5.5
Units In
%
Previous
5.5
Frequency
Daily
Next Release
Jun 12, 2024
Time to Release
1 Months 5 Days 10 Hours
Highest
Lowest
Average
Date Range
Source
20
Mar 1980
0.25
Dec 2008
5.42 %1971-2024Federal Reserve
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.

Latest Updates

The Federal Reserve kept the target range for the federal funds rate unchanged at 5.25%-5.50% during its May meeting for the sixth consecutive time, as ongoing inflationary pressures and a tight labor market indicate a stall in progress toward bringing inflation back down to its 2% target this year. Policymakers acknowledged that while inflation has moderated over the past year, it remains elevated, and there has been a notable lack of further progress towards achieving the central bank's goal in recent months. Still, Chair Powell stated that he does not foresee a hike as likely and believes that the current policy is sufficiently restrictive to achieve the 2% inflation target. The Fed has also declared its intention to reduce the speed of its quantitative tightening starting from June 1st, an adjustment that will involve cutting the maximum amount of Treasury securities being removed from the balance sheet by over 50%, down to $25 billion monthly from the previous $60 billion.

United States Interest Rate History

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