Explainer: What the U.S. Federal Reserve will be watching in 2020

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to keep interest rates unchanged when it wraps up its final policy meeting of the year.

The U.S. central bank is currently in a holding pattern after cutting interest rates three times this year to boost the economy in the face of threats posed by slowing global growth and the U.S.-China trade war. But Fed officials have indicated they still see more chance of the economy softening than strengthening.

Here’s what the Fed will be keeping an eye on in 2020:

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