(Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in almost a decade in a widely telegraphed move while signaling that the pace of subsequent increases will be "gradual" and in line with previous projections.

The Federal Open Market Committee unanimously voted to set the new target range for the federal funds rate at 0.25% to 0.5%, up from zero to 0.25%. Policy makers separately forecast an appropriate rate of 1.375% at the end of 2016, the same as September, implying four quarter-point increases in the target range next year, based on the median number from 17 officials.

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