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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

One Is The Magic Number! Fed Funds Stays @ 1% As The Wall Street Journal Prime Rate Stays @ 4%

Apparently, one is the magic number, as The Fed announced yesterday that they've decided to keep The Federal Funds Rate target at one (1) percent. The Wall Street Journal Prime Rate will also stay put at four (4) percent for now. The Fed are my friends! And if you find yourself borrowing money for some reason, I'm sure you'll think very highly of The Fed as well.

A press release was put out by The Fed* yesterday; here's what they had to communicate:
The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to keep its target for the federal funds rate at 1 percent.

The Committee continues to believe that an accommodative stance of monetary policy, coupled with still-robust underlying growth in productivity, is providing important ongoing support to economic activity. The evidence accumulated over the intermeeting period shows that spending is firming, although labor market indicators are mixed. Business pricing power and increases in core consumer prices remain muted.

The Committee perceives that the upside and downside risks to the attainment of sustainable growth for the next few quarters are roughly equal. In contrast, the probability, though minor, of an unwelcome fall in inflation exceeds that of a rise in inflation from its already low level. The Committee judges that, on balance, the risk of inflation becoming undesirably low is likely to be the predominant concern for the foreseeable future. In these circumstances, the Committee believes that policy accommodation can be maintained for a considerable period.


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