Interest Rates

Message to Bernanke: Don't Give in to Speculative Clamor

When Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke addresses the Kansas City Fed's annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, today (Friday), he’ll have to acknowledge that the risks to U.S. economic growth have increased – especially with the disruption to the credit markets and the tightening of credit in many areas. But Bernanke will also likely […]

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Fed Cuts Discount Rate; Stocks Rebound

By Jason Simpkins The U.S. Federal Reserve cut the discount rate to 5.75% Friday, and in a statement indicated that it is "prepared to act as needed to mitigate the adverse effects on the economy arising from the disruptions in financial markets." The Fed kept the benchmark Federal Funds rate at 5.25%.  Discount window borrowing, […]

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Will $275 Billion Central Bank Injection Be Enough?

By Keith Fitz-GeraldContributing Editor “Will it be enough?” That’s not a question. That’s the question. And it was being asked all around the world, in emergency sessions that started late last week and stretched into the weekend. It was being asked by central bankers in government offices, and by securities traders, hedge-fund managers and corporate […]

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