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The Fed: Six things to watch for in the Fed’s policy statement

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With no new economic forecasts, or a Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen press conference, all the information about the central bank’s thinking will have to be gleaned from the six-paragraph statement released at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

No one expects a rate hike, because it would deviate from the “gradual” pace of tightening laid out by Yellen in March.

So what will the central bank say that differs from its statement in March?

Economists generally believe the Fed wants to signal that “gradual” means rate hikes again in June and September unless the economy tanks.

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