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US Fed Reserve cuts rate

The US Federal Reserve has cut interest rates by 0.25 per cent to 3.75 per cent in a widely anticipated reduction.

The size of the cut, smaller than earlier cuts of 0.5 per cent, is thought to indicate the Federal Reserve&#39s confidence in the prospects for the US economy, although some economists believe a 0.5 per cent cut was needed.

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