The Federal Reserve on Thursday raised rates again and expected inflation to remain below 2 percent in coming years.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will keep interest rates near zero for now.
The move is the latest move by the central banks of the world’s biggest economies to step up their pace of bond purchases.
It comes amid a wave of weakness in U.S. inflation, as the Fed seeks to contain its inflation rate and has been pushing rates up.
The Fed raised its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 percent in December.
It has been raising rates in recent weeks, in part to help push up the value of its benchmark U.T.E. inflation index, which rose to 1,085.1 last month from 1,083.1 a year ago.
The bank’s decision to lower rates again comes as the U.K. and other countries prepare to start trimming their economic stimulus programs, with the U,S.
and Europe all expected to raise their unemployment rates this month.