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Fed Reserve Approves Second Rate Hike of 2018

With the labor market continuing to strengthen and economic activity rising at a solid rate, the Federal Reserve raised the Federal Funds Rate a quarter percentage point for the second time this year — putting the target for short-term rates in the 1.75 to 2% range.

Federal Reserve Keeps Rates Steady

The Federal Reserve voted unanimously to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1.5% and 1.75% on Wednesday, but hinted at a possible rate hike in June with inflation creeping closer to its 2% goal.

Fed Boosts Interest Rates Again, More Hikes Planned

The U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee raised interest rates again Wednesday. It's a sign that the Fed believes the economy is in no danger of slowing down, including taking into consideration this week's latest economic reports.

The Impact of Rising Interest Rates on TCO

Fleets using open-end leases may need to reevaluate their total cost of ownership (TCO) calculation as federal interest rates continue to rise in 2017, fleet management company experts told AutomotiveFleet.com.

Fed Raises Interest Rates a Quarter Point

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted 9-1 on March 15 to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point to 0.75% to 1% — a move that was widely expected.

Fed Hikes Interest Rates for Second Time in Decade

Policy makers at the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced an increase in interest rates for the first time this year and only the second time since the depths of the Great Recession and there are expected to be at least some repercussions for trucking.

Game-Changing Fleet Megatrends

Within the context of fleet management, the concept of megatrends is used to identify economic and technological forces that can potentially alter our present-day industry in game-changing ways. Among the current megatrends that can potentially alter fleet as we know it are a higher interest rate environment, a higher taxation environment, leap-frogging technology, changing fleet demographics, and higher acquisition costs.