The central bank will add to its holdings of agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of
Additional tapering is likely if the labor market continues to show improvement and inflation picks up, the Fed said in a statement accompanying its decision.
With the economy rebounding after a rough patch during the winter, the Fed is now on pace to halt bond buying altogether within the next few months.
Household spending appears to be rising moderately and business fixed investment resumed its advance, while the recovery in the housing sector remained slow.
However, policymakers remain concerned that inflation is running persistently below its 2% objective. In accordance with its mandate to promote price stability, the Fed said it will keep its benchmark interest rate near zero "for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends."
Only one of 16 officials thinks rates should rise this year, while 12 think 2015 will be appropriate.
The Fed also released new quarterly forecasts for unemployment, inflation and economic growth.
The Fed slashed its outlook for full-year economic growth, cutting gross domestic product from a 2.8% to 3% range seen in March down to 2.1% to 2.3%. A one percent drop in first quarter GDP forced the significantly revised outlook.
On the other hand, the Fed lowered its unemployment rate expectations, from 6.1% to 6.3%, down to 6.0 to 6.1%.
Inflation projections remained relatively stable, from 1.5% to 1.6%, adjusting the top end a bit to 1.5% to 1.7%.
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