Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising moderately so far this year. Job gains have been solid, on average, since the beginning of the year, and the unemployment rate has declined. Household spending and business fixed investment have continued to expand. On a 12-month basis, overall inflation and the measure excluding food and energy prices have declined and are running below 2 percent. Market-based measures of inflation compensation remain low; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.

Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. The Committee continues to expect that, with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, and labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further. Inflation on a 12-month basis is expected to remain somewhat below 2 percent in the near term but to stabilize around the Committee's 2 percent objective over the medium term. Near-term risks to the economic outlook appear roughly balanced, but the Committee is monitoring inflation developments closely.

In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1 to 1-1/4 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.

In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. The Committee will carefully monitor actual and expected inflation developments relative to its symmetric inflation goal. The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate; the federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.

For the time being, the Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. The Committee expects to begin implementing its balance sheet normalization program relatively soon, provided that the economy evolves broadly as anticipated; this program is described in the June 2017 Addendum to the Committee's Policy Normalization Principles and Plans.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Janet L. Yellen, Chair; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; Charles L. Evans; Stanley Fischer; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Neel Kashkari; and Jerome H. Powell.

6月の連邦公開市場委員会(FOMC)以降に入手した情報は、労働市場が引き締まり続け、経済活動が今年ここまで緩やかに拡大している(has been rising moderately so far this year)ことを示している。雇用の伸びは今年の初め以来、概して堅調で、失業率は低下した。家計支出と企業の設備投資は引き続き拡大した(continued to expand)。前年同月比でみると、全体のインフレ率と食品やエネルギーの価格を除く指標は低下し、2%を下回っている。将来のインフレを示す市場ベースの指標は低いままで、調査に基づいた長期的なインフレ期待の指標は、総じてあまり変わっていない。

委員会は法律上与えられた責務に従って、雇用最大化と物価安定の促進を目指す。委員会は、金融政策の運営姿勢の緩やかな調整により、経済活動が緩やかなペースで拡大し、労働市場の状況はさらにいくらか力強さを増すと引き続き予測している。前年同月比でみたインフレ率は短期的には引き続き2%をやや下回る(Inflationon a 12-month basis is expected to remain somewhat below 2 percent in the near term)が、中期的には委員会の目標である2%近辺で安定する(to stabilize around the Committee’s 2 percent objective over the medium term)と予測している。短期的な経済見通しへのリスクはおおむね均衡しているとみられる(appear roughly balanced)が、委員会は物価の動向を注意深く監視(monitoring inflation developments closely)する。

労働市場の状況とインフレ率の実績と見通しを考慮して、委員会はフェデラルファンド(FF)金利の目標誘導レンジを1.00─1.25%に維持することを決定した。金融政策の運営姿勢は引き続き緩和的で、それによって労働市場の状況のさらにいくらかの引き締まりと、2%のインフレへの持続的な回帰(sustained return)を支える。

FF金利の目標誘導レンジの将来的な調整の時期と規模を決めるに当たり、委員会は目標にしている最大雇用と2%のインフレとの比較で経済状況の実績と見通しを評価する。この評価は、労働市場の状況に関する指標、インフレ圧力やインフレ期待の指標、金融動向や国際情勢の解釈を含む幅広い情報を考慮する。委員会は対称的なインフレ目標(symmetric inflation goal)との比較で、インフレ率の実際の進捗と予想される進展を注視する。委員会は、経済状況はFF金利の緩やかな引き上げを正当化する形で進むと予測する。FF金利は当面、長期的に到達すると見込まれる水準を下回るレベルで推移する可能性がある。ただ、FF金利の実際の道筋は、今後入手するデータがもたらす経済見通し次第である。

当面、委員会は保有する政府機関債とエージェンシー発行モーゲージ債(MBS)の償還元本をMBSに再投資し、米国債の償還金を新発債に再投資する既存の政策を維持する。委員会は、予測通りに経済が広く進展するならば(provided that the economy evolves broadly as anticipated)、比較的早期にバランスシートの正常化計画の実施に着手すると見込んでいる(expects to begin implementing its balance sheet normalization program relatively soon)。この計画は、2017年6月の「委員会の金融政策正常化の原則と計画」の補足事項で説明されている。