Friday, August 17, 2007



Policymakers cut discount rates by 50 basis points in an effort to improve liquidity.

(NOTE: So much for POOLE's statement the other day about no need for a cut.)

NEW YORK ( -- The Federal Reserve cut discount rates by 50 basis points Friday morning in an effort to improve liquidity.

The Fed issued the following statement:

Financial market conditions have deteriorated, and tighter credit conditions and increased uncertainty have the potential to restrain economic growth going forward. In these circumstances, although recent data suggest that the economy has continued to expand at a moderate pace, the Federal Open Market Committee judges that the downside risks to growth have increased appreciably. The Committee is monitoring the situation and is prepared to act as needed to mitigate the adverse effects on the economy arising from the disruptions in financial markets.

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