Vital Signs: What Will the Fed Say Now?

On deck: Federal Reserve's policy meeting, home prices and sales, durable goods orders, consumer confidence and personal income

The Fed will command center stage this week, as the markets await the central bank’s policy statement on Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. Fed-watchers are unanimous in expecting no change in the Fed’s 2% target rate, but Wall Street is somewhat anxious about how the statement will portray the policymakers’ balance of risks between recession and inflation. For months, the Fed has shown a clear bias toward actions that would support weak economic growth and fragile financial markets. That attitude appears to have changed.

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