Greysteel Capital Markets Update | August 2019
As anticipated, the Federal Reserve announced that it will lower interest rates by 25 basis points on July 31. The Fed cited what it called “implications of global developments” and “muted inflation pressures” as factors in its decision to lower the benchmark federal funds rate even as the U.S. economy is in the midst of its longest sustained period of economic growth. On August 1, the 10-year Treasury rate decreased to 1.90% on the news. In addition, President Trump announced he will add a new 10% tariff on $300 billion Chinese-made products on September 1 after negotiators failed to kick-start trade talks between the world’s two largest economies.