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WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - The members of the US Federal Reserve showed themselves cautiously optimistic about the further economic development in the USA at their most recent interest rate meeting. Some participants had also made it clear that future meetings could begin to discuss a plan to adjust the securities purchase program, according to the minutes (minutes) of the US Federal Reserve's April 27-28 meeting published on Wednesday . The central bank is currently supporting the US economy with billions in bond purchases.

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However, some attendees at the interest rate meeting also noted that it will likely be some time before the economy will make significant progress towards full employment, as the minutes say.

According to the chief economist of the analysis house Pantheon Macroeconomics, Ian Shepherdson, it is not surprising that some Fed members were in favor of an adjustment of the bond purchases at one of the upcoming meetings. After all, in March, four members of the Monetary Policy Council had already expected the key interest rate to rise in the coming year in the latest interest rate forecast.

For Paul Ashworth, chief US economist at Capital Economics, however, the minutes show that some Fed members are beginning to worry about price developments. The upward pressure of inflation could therefore possibly last longer than expected.

In April, the inflation rate in the US rose surprisingly sharply to 4.2 percent. In recent days, US central bankers had made it clear in statements that the rise in inflation was only temporary and that a quick change in monetary policy was not to be expected.

At its meeting in April, the US Federal Reserve confirmed its extremely loose monetary policy. The key interest rate was not touched and left in a range of 0 to 0.25 percent. The asset purchases and loan programs continued unreservedly.

According to the Fed's statements, the US dollar was able to gain. In return, the euro fell to a daily low of 1.2160 dollars (dollar exchange rate). Before the Fed minutes were released, the euro was half a cent higher at $ 1.2210. Yields rose in the US government bond market. In the ten-year term, the return rose by 0.05 percentage points to 1.68 percent. The US stock market widened its losses slightly./jkr/he