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3 Charts Showing Just How Boxed-in the Fed Is | Mises Institute
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The Fed met market expectations by cutting its target for the fed funds rate by 25 basis points, down to the range of 1.75 - 2.00 percent. In this post I want to demonstrate just how boxed in the Fed has now become, with the help of 3 charts.

First, let's review just how low interest...

The Fed met market expectations by cutting its target[1] for the fed funds rate by 25 basis points, down to the range of 1.75 - 2.00 percent. In this post I want to demonstrate just how boxed in the Fed has now become, with the help of 3 charts.

First, let's review just how low interest rates have been (and still are), in a long-term historical context:

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As the chart shows, the (effective) fed funds rate was in this range back during the early 2000s, which helped spawn the housing bubble and bust (as I predicted in this Mises.org article[2] which ran 11 months before the financial crisis). Before then, we have to

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