U.S. economic health

U.S. holds interest rates steady

The U.S. central bank has held its key interest rate at its current 22-year high as it seeks to stabilise price increases, which had recently reached near-record levels.

The Federal Reserve’s rate remains at 5.25%-5.5%.

The bank has been raising interest rates in an attempt to tame the economy and slow inflation, (the rate at which prices rise). Recent data showed the U.S. economy grew faster than expected.

Raising interest rates is a way for central banks tackle rising inflation. The idea is that by raising interest rates and making it more expensive to borrow, consumers will spend less and that would lead to slower price rises. In the U.S. however, the consumer is not slowing down. This may lead to higher rates, or higher for longer which in turn could push the U.S. into a recession.

The bank had faced criticism, with some suggesting that holding interest rates at higher levels could put the U.S. economy at risk of entering a recession.

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