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May 2nd 2008

Fed Lowers Rates

The Federal Reserve Bank recently lowered interest rates for the seventh, and perhaps final, time, bringing its benchmark federal funds rate to 2.0%. Since inflation is still hovering around the 4% mark, the Fed will probably be reluctant to lower rates further. Thus, the markets have been given all of the boost that they are likely to receive, and it is "fate" that will determine whether the economy will find its footing. (GDP growth clocked in at an anemic .6% for the last two quarters). The most recent data (including the just-released jobs data) indicate that the economy may be stabilizing, although consumption and the employment situation are still deteriorating. As a result, the National Bureau of Research has yet to officially declare the current economic downturn a "recession," since the picture remains nuanced. The New York Times reports:

The recession-or-not question is now almost entirely academic, Mr. Bernstein contended, given the steady erosion of American spending power and soaring costs for food and gasoline.

Read More: Low Spending Is Taking Toll on Economy

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