U.S. Fed hikes interest rates by 25 basis points

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 5-5.25 percent, saying that the Fed "remains highly attentive to inflation risks."

As the tenth hike since March 2022, the continuous tightening of monetary policy is in line with market expectations.

Still, there is growing calls for pause of rate hikes as U.S. inflation eased recently and recession risks heightened.

A group of 10 U.S. senators and Congress members sent a letter to Fed Chair Jerome Powell early this week, calling for a pause in interest rate hikes at the Fed's monetary policy meeting ending Wednesday. 

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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