Chairman Bernanke et al. have erred on the side of continuing to prop up the U.S. stock market, cutting the fed funds rate 75 points this afternoon to 2.25. With monetary policy ineffectual at 1.00, the FOMC has only 125 points of power left to burn through. Surprisingly, two FOMC members voted against Bernanke's recommendation today. At times, one FOMC member will dissent in voting, and Greenspan's FOMC meeting decisions were often unanimous. That Bernanke has two dissenters today is remarkable. Each favor less aggressive action. The FOMC also cut the discount rate 75 points to 2.50. Here is the FOMC's statement: "The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 75 basis points to 2-1/4 percent. "Recent information indicates that the outlook for economic activity has weakened further. Growth in consumer spending has slowed and labor markets have softened. Financial markets remain under considerable stress, and the tightening of credit conditions and the deepening of the housing contraction are likely to weigh on economic growth over the next few quarters. "Inflation has been elevated, and some indicators of inflation expectations have risen. The Committee expects inflation to moderate in coming quarters, reflecting a projected leveling-out of energy and other commodity prices and an easing of pressures on resource utilization. Still, uncertainty about the inflation outlook has increased. It will be necessary to continue to monitor inflation developments carefully. "Today’s policy action, combined with those taken earlier, including measures to foster market liquidity, should help to promote moderate growth over time and to mitigate the risks to economic activity. However, downside risks to growth remain. The Committee will act in a timely manner as needed to promote sustainable economic growth and price stability. "Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman; Timothy F. Geithner, Vice Chairman; Donald L. Kohn; Randall S. Kroszner; Frederic S. Mishkin; Sandra Pianalto; Gary H. Stern; and Kevin M. Warsh. Voting against were Richard W. Fisher and Charles I. Plosser, who preferred less aggressive action at this meeting. "In a related action, the Board of Governors unanimously approved a 75-basis-point decrease in the discount rate to 2-1/2 percent. In taking this action, the Board approved the requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, New York, and San Francisco." --Nissa Darbonne, Executive Editor, Oil and Gas Investor, A&D Watch, Oil and Gas Investor This Week, www.OilandGasInvestor.com; email@example.com
E&P Highlights: March 13, 2023
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