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Recent trends in the U.S. economy are "deeply worrisome" at a time damage from the credit crunch has outpaced the Federal Reserve's huge interest rate cuts, a top Fed policy-maker said Thursday.
As the Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate by 50 basis points on Wednesday, Pimco's Bill Gross said he expects rates to hold or decline to 1 percent.
Below is the statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee after its Oct. 28-29 meeting on interest rate policy:
The Federal Reserve will unveil its decision on interest rates Wednesday afternoon, and a cut is widely expected by investors. CNBC asked former Federal Reserve officials to weigh in on the upcoming decision.
Lawmakers have called key players from the past and present to congressional hearings in an effort to find out what caused the biggest financial crisis since the 1930s and determine how the government plans to get the nation out of the mess.
The big debate now is how deep and how long the recession will be. The short answer is bad enough and probably the worst in 25 years.
The cruel earnings season for the American worker intensified Wednesday as more companies announced layoffs.
The US economy is entering a two-year recession that will be longer and deeper than previously feared, said Nouriel Roubini, a well-known economist and professor at New York University.
Democrats in Congress say any new economic stimulus bill would probably include road and bridge construction, help for state budgets and maybe new tax rebates.
The Fed could lend up to $540 billion in a new facility aimed at restoring liquidity for money market funds, Fed officials said.
Economists say the best bang for the buck will come from helping housing, not another tax cut or extended unemployment benefits.
New York Governor David Patterson and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine sounded off on the economy, Wall Street and regulation on Monday.
Investors continued to be rattled by worries that the prolonged credit crisis has already pushed the global economy into a recession.
The latest inflation and jobs data were somewhat better than expected, but the industrial sector showed continued weakness.
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the U.S. government's banking rescue plan is designed to spur private investment in financial institutions, and told CNBC that the FDIC interbank lending guarantee that's part of the plan will kick in immediately.
The following is the full text of the Beige Book released by the Federal Reserve on October 15, 2008 and based on information collected on or before October 6, 2008:
Global credit markets continued to show signs of thawing, but worries about a world-wide recession loomed over markets.
Paul Krugman, Princeton University professor and winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Economics, told CNBC that the new rescue plan, which will inject $250 billion into U.S. banks, “looks much better.”
The U.S. government's move to pour $250 billion into banks was appropriate and sufficient, but the markets will take time to heal, Mohamed El-Erian, Pimco co-CEO and co-chief investment officer, told CNBC Tuesday.
From New York City to Indiana, the Wall Street crisis is hitting cities across the country.