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    Trump Urged the Fed to Cut Rate, Signaling a Global Wave of Rate Slash

    Abstract:As the coronavirus spreads across the world, the US Federal Reserve announced an emergency rate cut on Tuesday, lowering the target range of Fed’s fund rate by 50bp to 1-1.5%. It is the first time that Federal Reserve have cut rate over 25bp since 2008, in order to tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on economy.

      As the coronavirus spreads across the world, the US Federal Reserve announced an emergency rate cut on Tuesday, lowering the target range of Feds fund rate by 50bp to 1-1.5%. It is the first time that Federal Reserve have cut rate over 25bp since 2008, in order to tackle the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on economy.

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      Data: Federal Reserve

      Federal Reserves Chairman Jerome Powell said during the press conference after the policy decision meeting that the Fed understands the risks facing US economy and decides to take actions.

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      Feds Chairman Jerome Powell

      The Fed acted much faster than expected, and it has been the sharpest rate cut since the financial crisis 2008, but the move wasn‘t much of a surprise. Before the Fed’s announcement, Reserve Bank of Australia already cut interest rate to a historical low of 0.25% and became the first among global central banks to slash rates for saving economy from the shock of coronavirus pandemic. Next, Central Bank of Malaysia also announced a 25bp rate cut. President Trump quickly responded to the news and urged the Federal Reserve to cut rate in his mid-night Twitter post.

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      Trump called for the Fed to lower rate on Twitter

      The Fed‘s emergency rate slash marked a start of a rate cut wave by global central banks. On March 4th , local time, Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority and Central Bank of the UAE both cut rates by 50bp; Monetary Authorities in Hong Kong and Macau also announced on the 4th they’ll reduce benchmark interest rate. Meanwhile, Bank of Korea‘s Chairman noted that the Fed’s emergency rate cut will be taken into account in future decision-mak ing. Investors also expect Bank of Canada, Bank of England and European Central Bank to lower rates this month.

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      Hong Kong Monetary Authority lowered the benchmark interest rate

      Conclusion:

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