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Monetary Policy, the Economy and COVID

The stock market rebounded partially today from a drop yesterday, which came amidst news of more COVID cases and the release of the notes from the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FMOC) which sets interest rates. First, COVID.  It was to be expected that the number of cases would rise as: 1. the economy – and society – begins to re-open,  2. testing rates increase because of the capacity to test,  3. the testing is expanded into new areas (prisons, different demographics), and  4. because the demand for testing is increased as the economy and society reopen and people aren’t socially isolated at home with no need to be tested.   The key will be what happens to the h...

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