US Fed Cuts

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

US Fed has cut benckmark Fed Fund rates by 75 basis points to 3.50% and it has cut the Discount rates by 75 basis points as well.

This cut has managed to bring immediate immediate relief to carry-trades and the stock indices.

The statement with the rate cut is given below...

The Federal Open Market Committee has decided to lower its target for the federal funds rate 75 basis points to 3-1/2 percent.

The Committee took this action in view of a weakening of the economic outlook and increasing downside risks to growth. While strains in short-term funding markets have eased somewhat, broader financial market conditions have continued to deteriorate and credit has tightened further for some businesses and households. Moreover, incoming information indicates a deepening of the housing contraction as well as some softening in labor markets.

The Committee expects inflation to moderate in coming quarters, but it will be necessary to continue to monitor inflation developments carefully.

Appreciable downside risks to growth remain. The Committee will continue to assess the effects of financial and other developments on economic prospects and will act in a timely manner as needed to address those risks.

Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; Timothy F. Geithner, Vice Chairman; Charles L. Evans; Thomas M. Hoenig; Donald L. Kohn; Randall S. Kroszner; Eric S. Rosengren; and Kevin M. Warsh. Voting against was William Poole, who did not believe that current conditions justified policy action before the regularly scheduled meeting next week. Absent and not voting was Frederic S. Mishkin.

In a related action, the Board of Governors approved a 75-basis-point decrease in the discount rate to 4 percent. In taking this action, the Board approved the requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and Minneapolis.

I was up 3k on the demo account but now its -1.6k. This is something unexpected and market is trying to find a new balance point. At the moment that point is still unknown. EurUsd was dropping like WWII plane shot down now its going up again. In another angle what we see here is a correction. An act done by US Fed to slow down the drop by EurUsd.

Beauty about forex market is it will not turn on you in an instant. At the moment trend is still intact eventhough UsdChf has turn but with out support from other pairs it may not go very far.

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