Ben Mohr, CFA
Director of Fixed Income
On July 31, 2019, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time since the 2008 Financial Crisis from a fed funds target rate of 2.25%–2.5% to 2%–2.25%. This well-telegraphed and long-expected 25 basis point cut, roughly 11 years after their last cut in December of 2008, signals a shift in the Fed’s monetary policy towards one of dovish stimulus after a period of hawkishness from 2015 to 2018 that saw the Fed raise the fed funds target rate nine times from 0–0.25% to 2.25%–2.5%.
This newsletter examines the reasons behind and the initial and potential reactions to the latest interest rate cut, including a look at unemployment, inflation, and the yield curve.
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