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Wednesday, September 17, 2003

No Budge! Wall Street Journal Prime Rate Still Frozen At 4%

Yesterday, The Fed announced that they won't tamper with in interest rates, leaving The Federal Funds Rate @ 1%. As you might have guessed, this means that The Wall Street Journal Prime Rate will also stay put at 4% for now. OK with me! Who am I to argue with the collective wisdom of The Fed? If they kept The Fed Funds Rate @ 1% for the next 10 years, I wouldn't complain! Here's part of the press release that The Fed* put out yesterday:
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 robust underlying growth in productivity, is providing important ongoing support to economic activity. The evidence accumulated over the intermeeting period confirms that spending is firming, although the labor market has been weakening. 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 remains 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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