Fed makes another large interest rate hike

Intensifying its fight against high inflation, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate Wednesday by a significant three-quarters of a point for a third straight time. According to a report from the Associated Press, the Fed also signaled more large rate hikes to come — an aggressive pace that will heighten the risk of an eventual recession. The benchmark short-term rate, which affects many consumer and business loans, is now at a range of 3% to 3.25%, the highest level since early 2008.

Fed officials also forecast that they will further raise their benchmark rate to roughly 4.4% by year’s end, a full point higher than they had envisioned as recently as June. And they expect to raise the rate again next year, to about 4.6%. That would be the highest level since 2007.