Apr 30, 2008

Another FED Rate Cut

Wow. The discounting continues.

This just posted to the financial wires a few minutes ago:

Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate by quarter-point
Wednesday April 30, 2:20 pm ET

Fed cuts key rate by quarter-point and says economic activity remains weak

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate by a quarter-point, a smaller move than the aggressive easing it undertook earlier this year.

The Fed action, announced Wednesday after a two-day regular meeting, pushed the federal funds rate down to 2 percent, its lowest level since late 2004. It marked the seventh consecutive rate cut by the central bank since it began easing credit conditions last September to combat the growing threat of a recession brought on by a deep housing slump and credit crisis.

The rate cut will mean lower borrowing costs throughout the economy as banks reduce their prime lending rate, the benchmark for millions of consumer and business loans.

The Fed move was in line with expectations. Wall Street believes this could well wrap up the Fed's rate cuts unless the economy threatens to fall into a worse slump than expected.

Interesting. I also read that Bank of America is dropping the Countrywide name by mid-Summer 2008. I guess the Countrywide name has a bit of a stigma to some folks....

- Jim

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