Jan 23, 2018

01/23/2018: The economic crisis, 10 years later

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Ten years ago this week, the Fed unexpectedly slashed interest rates at an unscheduled meeting. This was early in the slow-motion collapse of the American economy, and it was in some ways a warning of how bad the recession was…

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The Fed's surprise move 10 years ago set the tone for its crisis response

Jan 23, 2018
Ten years ago this week, the Fed unexpectedly slashed interest rates at an unscheduled meeting. It was the first of many "bold" actions by the Fed during the financial crisis.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the House Budget Committee Jan. 17, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Bernanke was on the Hill to give his views on the outlook of U.S. economy and he said the economy has been growing slow.
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Ten years ago this week, the Fed unexpectedly slashed interest rates at an unscheduled meeting. This was early in the slow-motion collapse of the American economy, and it was in some ways a warning of how bad the recession was gonna get, and a giveaway as to how little we actually knew about what was coming. We’re looking back at that decision today as we kick off Divided Decade, our yearlong project on the financial crisis and its aftermath. We’re also bringing you a story about how the crisis changed one Dreamer, and we’re hoping you’ll share yours. Plus, what you need to know as the World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos, Switzerland. 

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Canyons - Live Corey Voss, Krissy Nordhoff
Colors Halsey
Hanging Gardens Classixx
Pretty Pimpin Kurt Vile
Sooner or Later Arms and Sleepers