Fed minutes: FOMC signals door still open for 2016 rate hike

By: | Published: August 18, 2016 12:12 AM

Federal Open Market Committee today signaled that doors are still open for 2016 interest rate hike. Some voting Federal Reserve policymakers expect that a US interest rate increase...

US federal reserveSome voting Federal Reserve policymakers expect that a US interest rate increase will be needed soon, although there is general agreement that more data is needed before such a move. (AP)

Federal Open Market Committee today signaled that doors are still open for 2016 interest rate hike. Some voting Federal Reserve policymakers expect that a US interest rate increase will be needed soon, although there is general agreement that more data is needed before such a move, according to the minutes from the Fed’s July policy meeting.

“Some … members anticipated that economic conditions would soon warrant taking another step in removing policy accommodation,” the Fed said in the minutes, which were released on Wednesday.

The minutes showed that members of the U.S. central bank’s rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee were generally upbeat about the U.S. economic outlook and labor market, but several said a slowdown in the future pace of hiring would argue against a near-term hike.

Ten policymakers currently are members of the FOMC, and seven other officials from regional Fed banks also participated in the July 26-27 meeting but did not have a vote on policy.

Of the broader group of policymakers, several expressed concern that low interest rates could hurt financial stability.

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