- Labor market conditions have improved further
- Inflation has declined further below the Committee’s longer-run objective, largely reflecting declines in energy prices
- Inflation is anticipated to decline further in the near term, but the Committee expects inflation to rise gradually toward 2 percent over the medium term as the labor market improves further
- if incoming information indicates faster progress toward the Committee’s employment and inflation objectives than the Committee now expects, then increases in the target range for the federal funds rate are likely to occur sooner than currently anticipated
- Conversely, if progress proves slower than expected, then increases in the target range are likely to occur later than currently anticipated.
- When the Committee decides to begin to remove policy accommodation, it will take a balanced approach consistent with its longer-run goals of maximum employment and inflation of 2 percent
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