Federal Reserve may start raising short-term interest rates six months after it halts bond purchases around year's end, says Fed Chair Janet Yellen, marking clearest indication to date when Fed might raise benchmark short-term rate
March 19, 2014
– Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is signaling that the central bank could begin raising short-term rates six months after it halts its bond purchases around year's end.
That was the clearest indication to date of when the Fed might raise its benchmark short-term rate, which has been at a record low near zero since 2008. The Fed has previously resisted specifying the timing of a possible increase in the short-term rate. Its latest statement says the rate could stay at a record low "for a considerable time" after the bond purchases end.
Yellen sought to explain that term at a news conference Wednesday.
"This is the kind of term it's hard to define," she said. "Probably means something on the order of six months, or that type of thing."
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