Fed sees faster time frame for rate hikes as inflation rises

THE FEDERAL RESERVE signaled Wednesday, that it may act sooner than previously planned to start dialing back the low-interest rate policies that have helped fuel a swift rebound from the pandemic recession but have also coincided with rising inflation. The Fed's policymakers forecast that they would raise their benchmark short-term rate, which influences many consumer and business loans, twice by late 2023. Above, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell. / AP FILE PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH/POOL
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it may act sooner than previously planned to start dialing back the low-interest rate policies that have helped fuel a swift rebound from the pandemic recession but have also coincided with rising inflation. The Fed's policymakers forecast that they would raise their benchmark short-term rate, which…

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