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The Fed Is Winging It: A 75 Basis Point Hike “Seemed like the Right Thing”

Posted by M. C. on June 17, 2022

When asked to quantify how a 75-point hike is better than a 50-point one, Powell had no answer. And will it work? Powell could only say “we’ll know when we get there.”

Ryan McMaken

The Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) today announced an increase of 75 basis points to the target federal funds rate, raising the rate to 1.75 percent from 1 percent. June’s meeting today was the third meeting this year at which the FOMC has raised rates. Coming into the March meeting this year, however, the FOMC had not raised the target rate since March 2020, even though price inflation began to accelerate during the second half of 2021.


Today’s 75 basis point increase is the largest increase since late 1994, when the FOMC raised the target rate from 4.75 percent to 5.5 percent.

Notably, however, this increase comes mere weeks after the Fed chair Jerome Powell slapped down the idea of a 75 basis point increase in June. As Reuters reported on May 4, Powell had insisted “a 75 basis point increase is not something that the committee is actively considering.”

That didn’t last long.

The fact that the Fed was forced to hike the target rate by more than it had suggested was even possible earlier in the year is a reminder that the Fed and its economists are simply in a reactionary mode when it comes to the US economy’s problem with mounting price inflation.

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