Fed Cuts Interest Rates for First Time Since Financial Crisis

The Federal Reserve reduced interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis and hinted it may cut again this year to insulate the record-long U.S. economic expansion from slowing global growth.Central bankers voted, with two officials dissenting, to lower the target range for the benchmark rate by a quarter-percentage point to 2%-2.25%. The shift was predicted by most investors and economists, yet will disappoint President Donald Trump, who tweeted on Tuesday he wanted a "large cut.''"In light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures, the committee decided to lower'' rates, the Federal Open Market Committee, led by Jerome Powell, said in a statement following a two-day meeting in Washington. It also noted that "uncertainties" about the economic outlook remain.Christopher Condon, Bloomberg  Continue reading...

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