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Timeline: The federal funds rate at work

 

1980 Federal Funds Rate 1980 Federal Funds Rate 1984 Federal Funds Rate 2003 Federal Funds Rate 2008 Federal Funds Rate 2012 Federal Funds Rate 2007 Federal Funds Rate 1993 Federal Funds Rate 1981 Federal Funds Rate 1974 Federal Funds Rate

Year: 1993

Rate: Stays at 3 percent all year

The details: After a recession started the decade, the nation stands poised for economic prosperity. The Fed propels growth by starting the year with a federal funds rate of 3 percent, one of the lowest marks in years, and the rate hovers around 3 percent for much of the year. This greases the housing market with lower mortgage rates and helps businesses expand and add jobs. Meltzer says President Bill Clinton's long-term debt-reduction plan "gave people confidence to invest.''

 

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