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Fed is expected to maintain stimulative programs

March 19, 2013 • National News


FILE – The Federal Reserve Building is seen in Washington Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 file photo. Don’t expect the Federal Reserve to let up in its drive to keep stimulating the economy with record-low interest rates. Not yet, anyway. That’s the view of economists as Fed policymakers hold a two-day meeting that starts Tuesday March 19, 2013. On Wednesday, the Fed will issue a policy statement and update its economic forecasts, and Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday is expected to maintain its resolve to keep borrowing costs at record lows despite growing signs that the economy is strengthening.

The Fed will end a two-day meeting with a policy statement and updated economic forecasts. Afterward, Chairman Ben Bernanke will hold a news conference.

Most analysts think policymakers will acknowledge the economy’s improvements but leave the Fed’s stimulative policies unchanged.

Bernanke has said in recent weeks that the job market, in particular, has a long way to go to full health and still needs the Fed’s extraordinary support.

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