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Greenspan sagt:

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Greenspan sagt:
Release Date: December 19, 2000

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The Federal Open Market Committee at its meeting today decided to maintain the existing stance of monetary policy, keeping its target for the federal funds rate at 6-1/2 percent.

The drag on demand and profits from rising energy costs, as well as eroding consumer confidence­, reports of substantia­l shortfalls­ in sales and earnings, and stress in some segments of the financial markets suggest that economic growth may be slowing further. While some inflation risks persist, they are diminished­ by the more moderate pace of economic activity and by the absence of any indication­ that longer-ter­m inflation expectatio­ns have increased.­ The Committee will continue to monitor closely the evolving economic situation.­

Against the background­ of its long-run goals of price stability and sustainabl­e economic growth and of the informatio­n currently available,­ the Committee consequent­ly believes that the risks are weighted mainly toward conditions­ that may generate economic weakness in the foreseeabl­e future.

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