Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announces the monetary policy decision to lower the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 2%-2.25%.
Chanel Holden

2019-09-07 17:37:00 Sat ET

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announces the monetary policy decision to lower the federal funds rate by a quarter point to 2%-2.25%. This interest rate cut is the first rate reduction since December 2008. For most American investors, the rate cut can mean a reprieve in the average cost of capital. Powell reiterates that this interest rate reduction cannot be misconstrued as a one-time rate cut or the first in a series. Stock market analysts may view Federal Reserve monetary policy independence in a negative light as the FOMC approves the interest rate cut under pressure from a vocal president. The interest rate cut sends a shiver through global markets, and the intricate nuances of Powell language reverberate in response to persistently low inflation in America.

Powell faces direct and confrontational questions on why a rate cut is necessary when the U.S. economy remains robust with high employment. The current U.S. inflation rate hovers in the reasonable range of 1.5%-1.7% below the 2% monetary policy target, and the current U.S. unemployment rate persists at 3.7% per annum. The recent interest rate cut may inadvertently limit the Federal Reserve monetary policy adjustments in response to a future financial downturn.

 


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