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The Fed is expected to lower U.S. interest rates another half-point Wednesday as part of an ongoing effort to bolster the economy.
Though there’s been much debate over how much the Fed should cut rates, the central bank's statement may be more important to the Fed’s credibility and market expectations.
U.S. economic growth skidded to a five-year low of 0.6% in the fourth quarter, reflecting the toll a slumping housing sector has taken on the national economy.
It seems likely the Fed will lower rates on Wednesday, but will it cut by a quarter-point or half-point?
Critics of many stripes think Bernanke is doing a poor job, whether it is lowering interest rates for the wrong reasons or keeping them too high for too long.
U.S. individuals and businesses are likely to see their borrowing costs drop further as the Federal Reserve weighs another interest-rate reduction to bolster a sagging economy.
Most investors are expecting another cut to the Fed Funds Target when the Federal Open Market Committee meets tomorrow. The debate has been whether it will be a cut of 25 or 50 bps. Here are some recent trends and facts on the Fed and the Fed Funds rate as well as a look at how the market performed the last time the Fed went into an extended phase of easing:
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Recession. Bear market. Credit crunch. Is it better to stay out of the stock market or use the recent selloff as a buying opportunity?
Talk may be cheap, but the endless chatter about a looming recession may wind up being very costly to the US economy.
I woke up Wednesday morning in Washington DC, where economic crisis, which in turn means political crisis, was in the air. Fed Chairman Bernanke had cut rates the day before and helped calm financial markets. But the White House and Congress wanted to do more. Republican and Democratic leaders, who normally have guns drawn on each other, were huddling behind closed door.
President Bush on Friday called for about $145 billion worth of tax relief and other incentives to stimulate a sagging economy and fend off a possible recession.
In the face of a wobbly market, financials for the second day have been moving higher on the Fed's big surprise rate cut and the hope for more. For several weeks now, we've heard pundits of all sorts debating whether the group is hitting bottom, as it airs its dirty laundry this earnings period. Clearly, the shorts fear that view is true because they have been covering positions in a big way.
Forget a half-point cut. Wall Street is now speculating that the Fed will lower rates another three-quarters of a point next week.
While a panel discusses the interdependence of world economies and a lesser reliance on the U.S. consumer to drive growth, the financial and investing gurus in the hall watch stocks tumble on the prospect of a U.S. recession.
The slowing economy will not sink into an election-year recession and an economic rebound is likely beginning next year, the CBO forecast Wednesday.
There was a time when many thought Europe and the rest of the global economy might finally be able to withstand a downturn in the US. So much for wishful thinking. The spectre of a recession on top of a malignant credit crunch is the talk of the town.
The Federal Reserve's decision to slash interest rates by 75 basis points on Tuesday was a bold, well measured move to avoid a sharp slowdown in the U.S. economy, John Snow, former U.S. Treasury Secretary & chairman of Cerberus Capital, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Europe."
President Bush said he is confident that Congress and the administration will be able to approve a stimulus package to jump-start the economy and calm fears of recession that have shaken financial markets worldwide.
There is no quick cure for what ails the U.S. economy, but if the Fed's surprise rate cut instills confidence, it may speed a recovery.