What 0% Interest Rate Really Means

When the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates, the stock market tends to rise. However, when the Fed cut rates to 0% on Sunday, March 14, Dow futures plummeted and trading was halted. Why didn’t it go up, and what does a 0% interest rate mean?

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What 0% Interest Rate Really Means

Trump congratulates Fed after drastic virus measures | AFP

US President Donald Trump congratulates the Federal Reserve after it announced drastic emergency measures to shore up confidence and keep the financial sector running, including slashing the key interest rate to virtually zero and buying 500 billion dollars in Treasury debt and 200 billion dollars in other securities. SOUNDBITE

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Virus spread prompts Fed to slash rates

In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a sizable half-percentage point Tuesday in an effort to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus. (March 3)

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Graphic explaining how interest rates work. after cutting rates three times in 2019, Fed policymakers in the US have made it clear they will not move again unless things get significantly and unexpectedly worse.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Fed Chair sees growth, signals pause in rate cuts

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell expects the U.S. economy to continue growing at a solid pace. Powell also said the Fed is likely to keep its benchmark short-term interest rate unchanged in the coming months. (Nov. 13)

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Fed chair: Goal to keep economy in ‘good place’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the U.S. economy is facing some risks at the moment, but overall it is in a “good place” and the Fed’s main job is to “keep it there as long as possible.” (Oct. 4)

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Analyst: DC/market pressure put Fed into corner

Stocks mostly rebounded at the close of trading after the Federal Reserve delivered an expected cut in interest rates. Some analysts see the rate cut as the Fed responding to pressures from the Trump administration and equity markets. (Sept. 18)

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Fed Chair Powell says he doesn’t expect recession

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the Fed is not expecting a U.S. or global recession. But it is monitoring a number of uncertainties, including trade conflicts, and will “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.” (Sept. 6)

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Markets trade lower after Fed rate cut

The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter economic threats. The Dow closed down more than 300 points. (July 31)

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Keiser Report: China in the Gold Buying Spree (E1371)

In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the significance of the Chinese central bank openly reporting that they are buying gold. They also discuss bitcoin prices reacting immediately to the release of Fed minutes indicating concern for ‘financial instability.’ In the second half, Max interviews author, financial commentator, and comedian Dominic Frisby of DominicFrisby.com about the latest on bitcoin and gold markets. Regarding gold, they ask whether or not the record gold buying from central banks will ever impact prices.

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