Interest Rates

"Shocker" Jobs Report Brings Rate Cut Closer

In several of my economic-analysis reports leading up to – and immediately following – the address that U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke made at the Kansas City Fed's annual economic symposium a little over a week ago, I said that an interest rate cut that Wall Street had been clamoring for was far […]

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Fed Chief Keeps His Options Open

During a widely anticipated speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, last Friday, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke acknowledged the ongoing problems in both the housing and asset-backed-commercial-paper (ABCP) markets – as well as quickly spreading global credit crunch. But Bernanke didn’t rush to signal there would be a cut in the benchmark Fed Funds […]

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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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