Here’s what it would take for the Fed to start slashing rates in 2024


The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building during a renovation in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023.

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Interest rate cuts don’t happen during good times, something important for markets to remember amid hotly anticipated easing next year from the Federal Reserve.

If the Fed meets market expectations and starts cutting aggressively in 2024, it likely will be against a backdrop of a sharply slowing economy and rising unemployment, which in turn would bring lower inflation.

Central bank policymakers, however, won’t cut for the sake of cutting. There will have to be a compelling reason to start easing, and even then rate decreases are…


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