The Fed Cuts the Discount Rate
Notes for KCBS Interview: Rebecca Corral: 1:20 PM Friday August 17, 2007

Federal Reserve Inter-Meeting Statement

Indicating that rate cuts are now on the table:

FRB: Press Release--FOMC statement--August 17, 2007: Financial market conditions have deteriorated, and tighter credit conditions and increased uncertainty have the potential to restrain economic growth going forward. In these circumstances, although recent data suggest that the economy has continued to expand at a moderate pace, the Federal Open Market Committee judges that the downside risks to growth have increased appreciably. The Committee is monitoring the situation and is prepared to act as needed to mitigate the adverse effects on the economy arising from the disruptions in financial markets.

Voting in favor of the policy announcement were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; Timothy F. Geithner, Vice Chairman; Richard W. Fisher; Thomas M. Hoenig; Donald L. Kohn; Randall S. Kroszner; Frederic S. Mishkin; Michael H. Moskow; Eric Rosengren; and Kevin M. Warsh.

Larry Meyers points out that St. Louis Fed president Bill Poole didn't make the (virtual) meeting: his seat was taken by his alternate, Richard Fisher.