Trump says the Fed should cut rates anyway even though US and China have agreed to trade deal


President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremonial swearing-in for Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 30, 2019.

Leah Millis | Reuters

President Donald Trump said Friday the Federal Reserve should still lower interest rates even though China and the U.S. agreed to the first part of a trade deal.

The Fed is scheduled to meet at the end of the month, with investors largely expecting a rate cut. Market expectations for lower interest rates by the end of October were at 74.3%, according to the CME Group’s FedWatch tool. 

The U.S. central bank has already cut rates twice this year in part because of weakness in the global economy, which has arisen due to the ongoing trade war. 

China and the U.S. have slapped tariffs on billions of dollars worth of their goods, sparking fears of a global economic slowdown and of slower earnings growth. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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