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Why Did the Federal Reserve Lower the Key Interest Rate?



For the first time in ten years the Federal Reserve dropped the key interest rate. Some people are suspicious because lowering this rate is generally associated with a stimulus strategy in an ailing economy. This episode looks at the potential reasons this was done including copying a strategy employed by Alan Greenspan to buoy the economy in the mid nineties, a strategy to slightly raise inflation, and a strategy to alleviate trade war pressures.