You’ve probably already heard this, but in case not…
As was generally expected, the Fed cut the Fed Funds rate another 50 basis points (0.5%) today to 3.0%.
This was the second rate cut in eight days, coming after the “emergency cut” last Tuesday.
As expected, lots of coverage from the mainstream media is out there…
With its second rate cut in eight days the Federal Reserve continued one of its most aggressive monetary easing campaigns in recent history as it seeks to nip an incipient recession in the bud.
The Fed lowered its short-term interest rate target 0.5 percentage points to 3%, and left the door open to more: the statement accompanying the move said “downside risks to growth remain” and the Fed would “act in a timely manner as needed to address those risks.” Investors expect the Fed to cut the rate to 2.75% in March.
From the FOMC (the “fed” – Federal Open Market Committee):
Financial markets remain under considerable stress, and credit has tightened further for some businesses and households. Moreover, recent information indicates a deepening of the housing contraction as well as some softening in labor markets.
The Committee expects inflation to moderate in coming quarters, but it will be necessary to continue to monitor inflation developments carefully.
[tags]Fed Funds Rate, mortgage rates, financial policy[/tags]