Surprise Fed Rate Cut Implications
London, UK - 22nd January 2008, 18:22 GMT
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What are the implications of the US Federal Reserve's rate
cut to 3.5%, a surprise 75 basis points reduction?
. The Fed's interest move has come as a complete surprise, as it was taken
outside its timetabled rate-setting Open Market Committee meetings.
. The last time the Fed cut rates as much as 75 basis points was in August
1982, almost 26 years ago.
. The last two such emergency cuts were on 17 September 2001, shortly after
the 9/11 attacks, and on 3 January 2001, in the wake of the dotcom bust.
. The surprise move is widely interpreted as tantamount to a declaration
of a state of emergency for the global markets and the US economy.
. Aimed at stopping a US recession, the move has failed to calm investors,
with shares continuing to fall sharply as Wall Street opened for trading.
. The US dollar is down against its major counterparts, pressured by expectations
of an encore from the Fed in the near future.
. With more rate cuts likely at the Fed's meeting next week US overnight
rates could drop by a total of 100 basis points in eight days -- the same
magnitude that some economists predicted for all of 2008.
. Will the rate cut prevent global markets and the US economy driving themselves
ever deeper into a quagmire?
. Most of the major global financial institutions are warning that either
the US economy is already in recession or likely to go into one shortly.
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