Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Federal Reserve has cut the target range for the federal funds rate by .5%

WASHINGTON–Citing the threat from the coronavirus, the Federal Reserve has cut the target range for the federal funds rate by .5% to a target range of 1% to 1.25%.

In a statement, the Fed said the "fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong. However, the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity. In light of these risks and in support of
achieving its maximum employment and price stability goals, the Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower the target range..."

The Fed said it is closely monitoring developments and their implications for the economic outlook and will use its tools and act as appropriate to support the economy.

Voting for the monetary policy action were Jerome H. Powell, Chair; John C. Williams, Vice Chair; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; Richard H. Clarida; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Neel Kashkari; Loretta J. Mester; and Randal K. Quarles.

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