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Fed raises rates, says economy getting stronger

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve today raised interest rates a quarter-point, as expected, and forecast more interest rate hikes over the next two years because of the improving economic outlook.

Why it matters: The recent tax law and budget deal helped boost the Fed's economic outlook, the Wall Street Journal reports, but also led to warnings about inflation which is "expected to move up in the coming months," according to the Fed's statement.