FOMC Cuts Fed Funds Rate 1/2 Percent at Emergency Meeting

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The Federal Reserve cut the Fed Funds Rate 1/2 point at an emergency FOMC meeting today in response to the novel coronavirus threat to economy. The rate will now be a target range of 1.00% to 1.25% effective tomorrow March 4, 2020.

Banks are expected to lower the Prime Rate to 4.25% tomorrow.

 


March 03, 2020

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

For release at 10:00 a.m. EST

The fundamentals of the U.S. economy remain strong. However, the coronavirus poses evolving risks to economic activity. In light of these risks and in support of achieving its maximum employment and price stability goals, the Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower the target range for the federal funds rate by 1/2 percentage point, to 1 to 1‑1/4 percent. The Committee is closely monitoring developments and their implications for the economic outlook and will use its tools and act as appropriate to support the economy.

Voting for the monetary policy action were Jerome H. Powell, Chair; John C. Williams, Vice Chair; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; Richard H. Clarida; Patrick Harker; Robert S. Kaplan; Neel Kashkari; Loretta J. Mester; and Randal K. Quarles.