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Fed Likely Needs to Raise Rates as Soon as Late 2022, IMF Says

  • IMF sees asset-purchase taper starting in first half of 2022
  • Economy reopening seen creating unpredictability for inflation
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The Federal Reserve probably will need to begin raising interest rates in late 2022 or early 2023 as increased government spending keeps inflation above its long-run average target, according to the International Monetary Fund.

The U.S. central bank likely will begin to scale back asset purchases in the first half of 2022, staff from the Washington-based fund said in a statement Thursday following the conclusion of so-called article IV consultations, the IMF’s assessment of countries’ economic and financial developments following meetings with lawmakers and public officials.