What to Look For in Today's Fed Decision

Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 10:14 AM ET

The experts gave CNBC their thoughts on the Federal Reserve meeting, where members are expected to vote on holding rates at 2 percent.

Fed Set to Hold Rates Steady
The Federal Reserve will leave interest rates on hold Tuesday, Bob Baur from Principal Global Investors told CNBC. Baur considers the outlook for the US economy.

Fed Set to Hold Rates Steady

"I'm not sure the Fed is really in as much of a box as people think. We don't believe inflation is as much of a problem as it appears."

Bob Baur, Principal Global Investors

Fed Day Decision
A look ahead of what the Fed's decision might be, with CNBC's Steve Liesman and Mark Hawkinson, Newedge and Mark Hawkinson, Newedge USA

Fed Day Decision

"I think they're demonstrating their conviction, their determination really, to keep inflation contained, and it's important for them to send that message. But at the same time, they've got to face facts. Unemployment's going up, and it's going up pretty fast. The Fed doesn't tighten up when unemployment's rising — it's just that simple.

Stuart Schweitzer, JPMorgan Private Bank

Wrong Move By the Fed?
The Fed has cut rates too far, says Uwe Parpart, chief economist & strategist, Asia at Cantor Fitzgerald as he thinks this is a solvency crisis which requires recapitalization, not liquidity injections. He speaks to CNBC's Amanda Drury.

Wrong Move By the Fed?

"The situation right now is that they’re trapped a little bit. I think they cut too far because they thought they could deal with this crisis through liquidity when it was, and is, a solvency crisis that requires capitalization … This is not a pretty position to find yourself in when you’re a central bank."

Uwe Parpart, Cantor Fitzgerald

Countdown to the Fed Decision
What to expect ahead of the Fed, with Neil Irwin, Washington Post; Greg Ip, The Economist; Stuart Schweitzer, JP Morgan Private Bank and CNBC's Steve Liesman

Countdown to the Decision

"I think two parts of the story are going as the Fed predicted ... I think the thing they did not expect was this next leg down in the credit crisis, especially the problems that befell Fannie and Freddie last month. That's got to be a concern for them, because they had seen a lot of improvements in those markets."

Greg Ip, The Economist

Navigating Treacherous Waters
The Fed gets set for today's policy meeting. Insight on inflation and job losses, with Robert McTeer, National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) and Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial

Navigating Treacherous Waters

"We never should have had people who never could’ve made their first payment on their mortgage getting a mortgage. I mean that’s just, those days are gone hopefully, thankfully forever. The problem is we’ll find a new way to screw it up down the road."

Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial

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