Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his Federal Open Market Committee probably measured their decision quite a few times before making their recent .50% cut to the Fed Funds Rate. But if the Fed’s history of making cuts and hikes in cycles continues – this cut is probably not a “one and done”.
Here’s what the Fed had to say as they announced the cut: “Economic growth was moderate during the first half of the year, but the tightening of credit conditions has the potential to intensify the housing correction and to restrain economic growth more generally. Today’s action is intended to help forestall some of the adverse effects on the broader economy that might otherwise arise from the disruptions in financial markets and to promote moderate growth over time.” This means that the Fed will take whatever steps are necessary in terms of rate cuts to try and prevent a possible recession, so long as inflation remains in check.
Initially, both Stocks and Bonds rallied on the comforting words from the Fed – but as Bond Traders analyzed the potential future impact of the Fed cut over the following days, they started selling off Bonds with both hands, causing fixed home loan rates to rise by .125 to .25%, actually higher than where they stood before the Fed Rate Cut. What happened?
Read the entire report here.
- Foster Weeks
No comments yet.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.