Yellen made clear future rate increases would be gradual. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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The U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again in the next three months, according to two-thirds of economists polled by Reuters, although many say rates won't rise as quickly next year as policymakers have suggested. The Fed hiked rates for the first time in nearly a decade on Dec 16, confident the U.S. economy can stand higher borrowing costs after years of stimulus and near-zero rates, although Janet Yellen, who chairs the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee, made clear future increases would be gradual.percent by the end of next year and the most dovish said the Fed will not hike rates again at all in 2016 .Just seven of the 106 economists who gave end-year forecasts said rates would move higher than the Fed's own dot plot, while only 2 of all the 22 primary dealers thought the FOMC dots were about right for the end-year fed funds rate.
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