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Timeline: The federal funds rate at work

 

1980 Federal Funds Rate 1980 Federal Funds Rate 1984 Federal Funds Rate 2003 Federal Funds Rate 2008 Federal Funds Rate 2012 Federal Funds Rate 2007 Federal Funds Rate 1993 Federal Funds Rate 1981 Federal Funds Rate 1974 Federal Funds Rate

Year: 1981

Rate: Increases to 20 percent

The details: With the economy still struggling from the second recession in three years and continued double-digit inflation, the Fed raises the federal funds rate in late May to 20 percent. Public opinion polls show widespread disapproval with President Ronald Reagan's handling of the economy, and Democrats gain 26 U.S. House seats in midterm elections the following year.

 

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