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In its latest policy statement, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its decision to keep interest rates unchanged, opting for a cautious approach amidst persistent concerns over inflation levels. The central bank acknowledged the need for sustained progress in inflation but refrained from indicating any imminent adjustments to borrowing costs.

Highlighting a concerning lack of momentum in achieving its 2% inflation target, the Fed emphasized the importance of gaining greater confidence in inflationary trends before considering rate cuts. This cautious stance represents a departure from previous assessments, signaling a potential stall in the journey towards economic balance.

In addition to maintaining interest rates, the Fed announced plans to taper its balance sheet reduction starting June 1, aiming to prevent a shortage of reserves within the financial system. This measured approach underscores the central bank’s commitment to managing monetary policy tools effectively.

Despite market expectations for rate cuts earlier in the year, the Fed’s decision to hold steady reflects ongoing concerns over stagnating progress towards inflation targets. While inflation remains elevated, the central bank reiterated its focus on maintaining stability while closely monitoring economic indicators.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is scheduled to address the media later today, providing further insights into the central bank’s decision-making process and its outlook on the economy. The Fed’s statement affirmed the overall strength of economic growth, highlighting robust job gains and low unemployment rates.

As the Fed maintains its stance amidst inflation concerns, market participants await Powell’s remarks for clarity on the central bank’s future course of action

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

2nd May, 2024

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