Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Pause That Refreshes?

On Wednesday the Fed cut rates by another quarter point to 2%, lower than they've been since 2004. Year-to-date, prime rate cuts have been bigger and faster than they have for decades. The market response was initially enthusiastic but flagged by day's end on concerns that this cut would be the last for a while. The Fed's language hinted that more cuts might not be needed, but unfortunately it sounded to much of the market like more cuts might not be possible. And that's a fair concern. Bernanke's (and our) problem is that money can't get much cheaper without causing a slew of undesirable effects, so at a certain point we can't rely on the Fed for stimulus any longer.

John Kaighn

Jersey Benefits Advisors

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