Powell signals that rate cut could be coming soon

Delivering the central bank’s semiannual report to Congress, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that since Fed officials met last month, “uncertainties around trade tensions and concerns about the strength of the global economy continue to weigh on the U.S. economic outlook.”

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Fed leaves its key rate unchanged but hints of future cuts

In its statement Wednesday, the Fed removed a reference to being “patient” about adjusting rates. That suggested that the Fed is now inclined to begin cutting rates for the first time in more than a decade. It remains unclear when that might happen.

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