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Fed Changes Course

1:30 AM MST | March 1, 2010 | Arnold Pearlman

The leading indicator for the chemical industry fell slightly in February after several months on an upward trajectory. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve recently raised the discount rate from 0.5% to 0.75%, the first such increase since July 2006, amid concerns regarding specific measures needed to ensure continued economic recovery. The Fed did not change its target for the federal funds rate, the interest rate at which banks lend short-term funds to each other, however. Most analysts consider the federal funds rate the most important indicator of monetary policy...

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