Fed hikes interest rates by 50 basis points in effort to combat inflation By Cointelegraph

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Fed hikes interest rates by 50 basis points in effort to combat inflation

The United States Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) concluded two days of meetings Wednesday with a widely anticipated announcement of an interest rate hike of 50 base points, or 0.5%. It is the second of an expected seven rate adjustments this year. In March, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate by 25 basis points, or 0.25%, marking the first upward adjustment since 2018.

Markets were braced for Wednesday’s hike, which was the steepest since 2000, so the immediate reaction was expected to be moderate given that Fed chair Jerome Powell had already hinted at a 50 basis-point adjustment earlier in April. However, risk assets such as stocks and even crypto rallied in the immediate aftermath of the Fed announcement.