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For Fed, the ‘Neutral Rate' Is Crucial, and Unknown

6 days ago   |   By Washington Post

Central banks seek to manage economies by setting interest rates at levels that speed up or slow down things like car purchases and construction projects. But the enterprise revolves around a number that's far more ephemeral - the rate that does nothing at all, also known as the neutral interest rate. Right now, it's an important guidepost because most monetary policy makers are trying to set rates high enough to bring down inflation - but not so high as to guarantee a recession. Another number
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