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Bernanke cuts another 50 basis points

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Bernanke cuts another 50 basis points [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2008, 12:15
and Gold answers with another new all-time high at 942.20 on the day (APR contract).

And, we're going much higher from here.

But, not necessarily in a straight line.

The liquidity hatch has been opened, and the FED is now fueling inflation and weakening the dollar with their rate cut. And, they have left the door open to further rate cuts.

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Re: Bernanke cuts another 50 basis points [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2008, 13:24
and the markets close RED!!!

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looks like a true bear market
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Re: Bernanke cuts another 50 basis points [#permalink] New post 30 Jan 2008, 18:58
I wonder if there is a study of whether the Feds interest rate cuts affect real economic factors such as GDP.

I don't know if the stock market is a strong reflection of the economy anymore - A lot of companies have become multinationals and often generate a significant proportion of their revenues overseas, others are accepting money from sovereign wealth funds and are flush with cash -- it is difficult to say where the economy is headed.
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Re: Bernanke cuts another 50 basis points [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2008, 03:16
Praetorian wrote:
I wonder if there is a study of whether the Feds interest rate cuts affect real economic factors such as GDP.

I don't know if the stock market is a strong reflection of the economy anymore - A lot of companies have become multinationals and often generate a significant proportion of their revenues overseas, others are accepting money from sovereign wealth funds and are flush with cash -- it is difficult to say where the economy is headed.


In theory, interest rate cuts should spur increased borrowing and investment. And because of the multiplier effect, this should then positively influence GDP based on the increased spending and investment. However, America is no longer the traditional economy that it once was, because it is now a service-oriented one with 70% consisting of consumer spending. Where will the additional borrowing and investment go? Pay off debts?!

And like you said, many of the big companies with the big pockets derive profits from and invest heavily overseas. IMO, we are in the process of a major shift in the international economic and financial system from the West to the East. China will probably become the largest economy before the end of this century. What products does America actually produce besides airplanes, military weapons, and federal reserve notes? OK, I'm being slightly facetious.
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