Federal Reserve raises interest rates by 75 basis points for fourth time in a row

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  • The U.S. Federal Reserve increased interest rates by 75 basis points, bringing the target rate to 3.75-4%.
  • Bitcoin traded above $20,650 following the announcement.

The U.S. Federal Reserve has raised the federal funds rate by 75 basis points to 3.75-4%, marking a 15-year high.

Wednesday’s interest rate decision was largely expected with traders pricing in such a rise ahead of time.

The Fed aims to achieve maximum employment and inflation at a rate of 2% over the longer run, as previously stated. In an effort to reach these goals, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the target range for the federal funds rate to 3.75% to 4% and is expected to continue increasing.

That said, a slowdown may be in the cards based on the language used today by the Fed. All eyes are on a potential Fed pivot at the Dec. 14 meeting. 

"The Committee anticipates that ongoing increases in the target range will be appropriate in order to attain a stance of monetary policy that is sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to 2 percent over time," the Fed said.

The Fed statement notably signaled that the FOMC could slow the intensity of its interest rate moves in the future: 

"In determining the pace of future increases in the target range, the Committee will take into account the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation, and economic and financial developments."

Bitcoin's price whipsawed on the news, trading above $20,650.

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