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Fed keeps rates unchanged, wary eye on global markets

The U.S. Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and said it was “closely monitoring” global economic and financial developments, signaling it had accounted for a stock market selloff but wasn’t ready to abandon a plan to tighten monetary policy this year.

The decision by the central bank’s rate-setting committee was widely expected after a month-long plunge in U.S. and world equities raised concerns an abrupt global slowdown could drag on U.S. growth.

Fed policymakers said the economy was still on track for moderate growth and a stronger labor market even with “gradual” rate increases, suggesting its concern about global events had diminished but not squashed chances of a rate hike in March.

“The committee is closely monitoring global economic and financial developments and is assessing their implications for the labor market and inflation,” the Fed said in its policy statement following a two-day meeting.

Source: Reuters

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