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Furthermore, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said he expects a "slowdown" but not a recession.

Household spending and business investment, however, appear to have slowed, according to the Fed.

The Fed also indicated it would begin slowing its policy of reducing its holdings of US government-issued debt securities in May 2019 and stop reducing its quantitative tightening policy altogether in September 2019. The actions Wednesday signal the Fed will do whatever it can to keep the current expansion going. The move comes as Fed officials project that the US economy will grow more slowly this year and in 2020, a change from the panel's projections just three months ago.

"We are very mindful... of what the risks are", Powell said after the Fed held its target range for short-term rates steady at 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. Powell is expected to note that while the US economy is on firm footing, it faces risks from slowing growth and trade conflicts.

Major U.S. indexes snapped higher across the board shortly after the Fed released its latest policy announcement at 2 p.m.

The central bank's new embrace of patience and flexibility reflects its calming response since the start of the year to slow growth at home and overseas, a nervous stock market and persistently mild inflation.

"Given the overall favorable conditions in our economy, my colleagues and I will be patient in assessing what if any changes in the stance of policy may be needed", Powell said.

Khatija Haque, head of Mena research at Emirates NBD, said indications from the Fed mean interest rates in the USA and UAE will remain on hold for the rest of the year.

Despite those warning signs, Powell stressed that the outlook for the USA economy is still positive.

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While President Trump predicts an ongoing economic boom, the Fed does not anticipate that happening. A lower unemployment rate helped to fuel further gains in the aussie while New Zealand's quarterly GDP figures for Q4 met expectations to help give the kiwi a boost.

But the forecast Wednesday also confirms the next move is still expected to be an increase in the key policy interest rate, though that is not now expected to come until sometime in 2020. Most experts think it is not possible for the president to remove Powell, whom Trump nominated for a four-year term.

Gold could see further upside pressure over the long-term if the slowing economy worsens and opens the door for a potential rate hike later this year if the economy slows as much as some analysts fear.

Sam Instone, director of financial advisory firm AES International in Dubai, said the Fed's latest decision was "good news for people in the UAE" particularly "anyone not saving their money or sitting on deposits in cash".

The Fed has been gradually reducing its asset portfolio since 2017 and there was concern from Trump and Wall Street that this was starting to worry markets because it reduces the amount of liquidity in the financial system.

The Fed is also expected to reveal details on plans to hold a larger balance sheet than previously expected.

Ms Haque said as the cost of borrowing has not gone up, those anxious about further increases in interest rates this year "should feel some relief that is now less likely to happen".

The Fed's policy of shrinking its balance sheet has not been blameless either, because that too has hoovered Dollars up from the global financial system, leading to a scarcity that has helped support the greenback's value. "To be fully neutral, they need to stop that".