If the U.S. economy really is performing well, any economics textbook will tell you that the Fed should not be reducing interest rates. Interest rate cuts should be saved for times when the economy is in serious trouble, and using up all of your ammunition before a downturn has begun is simply foolish. And the Federal Reserve continues to insist that the financial system is functioning normally, but meanwhile things are spinning so wildly out of control that they felt forced to announce overnight repurchase agreement operations for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We haven't seen this sort of emergency intervention since the last financial crisis, but the Fed's message to the general public is that "all is well".
Unfortunately, the truth is that all is not well, and we continue to get more troubling economic news with each passing day.
In a desperate attempt to inject some vigor back into the U.S. economy, the Fed cut interest rates for the second month in a row on Wednesday…
For the second time in two months, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday agreed to press down on the economy's accelerator to keep the 10-year-old expansion chugging along.