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“Fed” Up With Inflation, the Fed Continues to Raise Rates

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   By Evan Witkowski
   Manager, Institutional Relationships
 
   September 22, 2022

On Wednesday, September 21, the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) raised its benchmark interest rate, the Fed Funds Rate, by 0.75% for the third time this year, bringing its target range to 3.00%–3.25%. While a year ago, inflation was still considered “transitory” (or temporary), the Fed is now in overdrive, acting aggressively to curb inflation. Following the Fed news, the two-year U.S. Treasury yield broke above 4% for the first time since October 2007. The S&P 500 Index plunged approximately 1.0% in the one minute before and the one minute following the news.

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