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Fed Appears to Hold Line on Rate Plan

Wall Street Journal (08/30/15) Jon Hilsenrath; Ben Leubsdorf

U.S. Federal Reserve officials emerged from a week of head-spinning financial turbulence largely sticking to their plan to raise U.S. interest rates before the end of the year. During the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, WY, a number of policymakers signaled that China’s woes and the recent stock-market volatility have not seriously affected their view that America’s job market remains on the upswing, and that domestic economic output is expanding at a steady, modest pace. Furthermore, they forecast that inflation may remain low for longer than anticipated due to a strong dollar and falling oil prices.