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July 9, 2019 The Week: On Monday, the Federal Reserve announced that it was cutting interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis. The cut was seen as a response to the economic slowdown that has been seen in the U.S. and around the world. The Fed also indicated that it may cut rates further if needed. The news sent stocks soaring, and the U.S. dollar fell sharply against other major currencies. On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve released its quarterly economic report, which showed that the U.S. economy is slowing. The report showed that consumer spending, business investment, and exports were all weaker than expected. The report also showed that inflation has been running below the Fed's 2% target. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve released the minutes from its June meeting, which showed that officials were split on the decision to cut interest rates. Some officials argued for a larger cut, while others felt that a smaller cut was sufficient. The minutes also showed that the Fed was divided on what to do next, with some arguing for further rate cuts, while others were hesitant to do so. On Thursday, the Labor Department released its monthly jobs report, which showed that the U.S.