Nov 8, 2018

Fed says business investment is slowing

Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference on September 26, 2018.

Fed Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference last month. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve said that U.S. business investment growth has "moderated from its rapid pace earlier in the year," in a statement released Thursday alongside an announcement that the central bank would not raise interest rates.

  • The Fed maintained its overall rosy outlook of the economy, signaling one more rate hike for this year in December.

Why it matters: This is a departure from the Fed's September's statement and reflects a Commerce Department report showing the business investment growth fell from 8.5% in Q2 to 0.8% in Q3.

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