The US Federal reserve raised the benchmark rate

Федрезерв США повысил базовую ставку

The fed raised the benchmark rates for the second time in three months

This is the third rate increase in 2015, when the regulator raised its standing with nine years of record minimum level.

The Federal reserve raised the base rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.75-1 per cent per annum, said in a press release on the outcome of the March meeting of the Federal Committee.

The last time the fed raised rates in December 2016. Before that, in December 2015, it was made for the first time since 2006 – then the controller picked it up from the remained nine years of record minimum level of 0-0,25 percent.

The statement said that further rate hike will be gradual. It is expected that this year the base interest rate will be increased twice and three times in 2018.

Reuters noted that the rate increase comes amid improved economic prospects in the world. Risks are assessed as “balanced”.

According to the fed’s forecast, this year the American economy will grow by 2.1 percent, and concu 2017 the unemployment rate will remain at 4.5 percent.

Previously, the Federal reserve responded to the accusations of Donald trump.