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March 20, 2014

Fed may raise rates as soon as next spring, Yellen suggests

“The U.S. Federal Reserve will probably end its massive bond-buying program this fall, and could start raising interest rates around six months later, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Wednesday, in a comment which sent stocks and bonds tumbling.”

“Yellen’s remarks at her first news conference as the head of the central bank pointed to a more aggressive path toward higher interest rates than many had anticipated, and bets in financial markets shifted accordingly.”

“The comments came after a two-day meeting in which Fed officials made another reduction in their bond-buying stimulus and decided to jettison a set of guideposts they were using to help the public anticipate when they would finally raise rates.”

“The Fed said the change in its rate hike guidance did not mark a shift in its intentions and that it would wait a ‘considerable time’ after shuttering its asset purchase program before pushing borrowing costs higher.”

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