The Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point on Tuesday, the largest such easing since the 2008 financial crisis. The move, which is also the first in nearly 12 years to be made in between scheduled policy meetings, brings the Federal Funds Rate target to between 1% and 1.25%. The cut was intended to calm markets following last week’s rout, which was spurred by...
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