Surprise Fed Rate Cut Implications

London, UK - 22nd January 2008, 18:22 GMT

Dear Open ATCA & Philanthropia Friends

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What are the implications of the US Federal Reserve's rate cut to 3.5%, a surprise 75 basis points reduction?

. The Fed's interest move has come as a complete surprise, as it was taken outside its timetabled rate-setting Open Market Committee meetings.

. The last time the Fed cut rates as much as 75 basis points was in August 1982, almost 26 years ago.

. The last two such emergency cuts were on 17 September 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and on 3 January 2001, in the wake of the dotcom bust.

. The surprise move is widely interpreted as tantamount to a declaration of a state of emergency for the global markets and the US economy.

. Aimed at stopping a US recession, the move has failed to calm investors, with shares continuing to fall sharply as Wall Street opened for trading.

. The US dollar is down against its major counterparts, pressured by expectations of an encore from the Fed in the near future.

. With more rate cuts likely at the Fed's meeting next week US overnight rates could drop by a total of 100 basis points in eight days -- the same magnitude that some economists predicted for all of 2008.

. Will the rate cut prevent global markets and the US economy driving themselves ever deeper into a quagmire?

. Most of the major global financial institutions are warning that either the US economy is already in recession or likely to go into one shortly.

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