Fed leaves interest rates unchanged, signals cuts are likely months away

Jan 31, 2024
“We want to see strong growth and a strong labor market,” said Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.
 Investors were hoping for a cut in March, but that now appears off the table.
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Why traders will be hanging on the Federal Reserve's every word Wednesday

Jan 30, 2024
The committee that sets interest rates is meeting this week, and the big question is whether — and when — they'll start cutting.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Some investors view the Federal Reserve's interest rate decisions and public statements as a "weather report" on where the economy is headed.
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The Fed might cut interest rates soon. That's weighing on business owners' plans.

Jan 2, 2024
Do they wait for lower rates in the future or borrow what they need today? It’s a question of cost versus opportunity.
Some construction projects have been paused or postponed until interest rates fall, said John Kirk, a developer in San Antonio.
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Some investors are eyeing riskier bets following rate cut hints from the Fed

Dec 15, 2023
The assumption is that the economy will chug along and that borrowing costs will fall. But they might not. What makes these riskier stocks attractive?
Since the Fed hinted at possible rate cuts next year, some investors are buying up risky stock.
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A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

Sep 18, 2019
The modest cut — to a range of 1.75% to 2% — irritates Trump, who has insisted on more aggressive action.
Jerome Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve's board of governors, speaks during a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in June.
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Mississippi business owner celebrates rate cut

Aug 1, 2019
Kai Ryssdal checked in with Austin Golding, a small business owner in Mississippi.
Floodwaters in Vicksburg, Mississippi back in 2011.
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The first rate cut in over 10 years: what a difference a decade makes

Jul 31, 2019
A global economic meltdown caused the last rate cuts. Today, the economy is far from that point.
Newspapers at a newsstand on Sept. 16, 2008, in New York City, at the height of the Great Recession.
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Behind the scenes at the Fed

Kai Ryssdal spoke with a former Fed governor about what it's like to be in the room when the FOMC makes a major decision.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C., in 2008.
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Fed cuts key rate in its first reduction in more than decade

Jul 31, 2019
The Federal Reserve announced today that it has cut interest rates, causing stocks to fall slightly.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a press conference after the Fed announced interest rates would remain unchanged, in Washington, DC, in January 2019.
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