Federal Reserve raises rates for 11th time to fight inflation but gives no clear sign of next move

 


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday for the 11th time in 17 months as part of its ongoing drive to curb inflation. But it provided little guidance about when — or whether — it might hike rates again.

Wednesday's move raised the Fed's benchmark short-term rate from roughly 5.1% to 5.3% — its highest level since 2001. Coming on top of its previous hikes, the Fed's latest action could lead to further increases in the costs of mortgages,auto loans, credit cards and business borrowing.

Speaking at a news conference, Fed Chair Jerome Powell was non...



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