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February 24, 2014

The Fed’s Actions in 2008: What the Transcripts Reveal

“On Friday, the Federal Reserve released the transcripts of the 2008 meetings of its Federal Open Market Committee, which sets monetary policy. The transcripts provide a detailed account of some of the Fed’s key decisions during that crisis year. Here is a look at the fuller picture that the documents have provided.

“JANUARY – FEBRUARY

“The Gathering Storm

“Federal Reserve officials are unaware in January 2008 that the economy has already entered a recession. But the Fed’s chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, and his closest advisers are feeling nervous. They worry that the Fed’s actions at the end of 2007 have been insufficient, and that tumbling stock prices represent the start of a broader pullback in investment.”

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