Friday - February 15, 2008
The markets pulled back yesterday following Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's speech before the Senate's banking committee.
The chairman did not provide any new insight. Rather, he simply acknowledged that there are problems with the economy and indicated that the Fed "will act in a timely manner as needed to support growth and to provide adequate insurance against downside risks."
I think Bernanke did what he has been doing all along -- calling things as he sees them. The Fed cut rates by 125 basis points last month and has been encouraging banks to use the discount window.
Of course, everyone seems to have a different translation for "Fed-speak." That said, I thought the 175-point drop in the Dow was an overreaction to what was essentially background noise. Nothing has changed. We continue to face a credit problem (as opposed to an economic problem) and the Fed is continuing to act accordingly.
It takes time for a stimulus to work its way through the system, but we will get through the current turbulence.
Wishing you prosperity,
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