The Week Ahead

FOMC MEETING

Tuesday, Aug. 18 -- The Federal Reserve Board's Federal Open Market Committee will meet to set monetary policy for the next six weeks. No economist among those surveyed by Standard & Poor's MMS, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies, expects a change in short-term interest rates. The Fed's target for the federal funds rate has been 5.5% since March, 1997.

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