April 29, 2020
Tremendous human and economic hardship blankets the United States and the World due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The outbreak has resulted in the implementation of numerous measures to protect public health while inducing declines in economic activity and a surge in job losses. The Federal Reserve cites, “weaker demand and significantly lower oil prices are holding down consumer price inflation. The disruptions to economic activity here and abroad have significantly affected financial conditions and have impaired the flow of credit to U.S. households and businesses.”
For the near term, the Fed sees economic activity, employment and inflations being affected by the ongoing health crisis, thus posing considerable risks to the economic outlook over the medium term. As a result, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent. The range is expected to remain until the Committee is confident that the economy has weathered the recent events and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability.
The Federal Reserve reiterates its commitment to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The Committee will also continue to monitor the implications of information for the economic outlook, including information related to public health, as well as global developments and muted inflation pressures, and will use its tools and act as appropriate to support the economy.
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