WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve held its key interest rate near zero and said it plans to continue supporting the economic recovery, while acknowledging recent progress in growth and employment. Fed officials voted unanimously Wednesday to maintain the central bank’s policies, aimed at holding down borrowing costs, until the economy heals further from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fed officials reiterated Wednesday that they will hold rates steady until the labor market is back to full strength and inflation has reached the central bank’s goal of averaging 2%. Most indicated last month that they expect to leave rates near zero through 2023.
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