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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
Tel: 902-424-2410Email: thomas.storring@novascotia.ca

September 18, 2019
US MONETARY POLICY

After a 0.25 percentage point reduction in July 2019, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to lower the target range for the federal funds rate by 0.25 percentage points to the range of 1.75 to 2.00 per cent on September 18, 2019. The Committee noted that today's rate cut was due to global developments impacting the economic outlook and muted inflation pressures. The interest rate reduction supports the Committee's view that continued economic expansion, strong labour markets and inflation near the 2 per cent objective are the most likely outcomes for the US economy. In terms of the future path of the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will continue to monitor incoming information and will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion with a strong labour market and inflation near the symmetric 2 per cent objective.

Recent information has FOMC noting that the labour market remains strong and economic activity has been rising at moderate rate. On average job gains have been solid and the unemployment rate remains low. Household spending has been rising at strong pace but business fixed investment and exports have weakened. Overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy are running below 2 per cent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low and longer-term expectations are little changed.

 

 

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