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What Is the Government Doing to Prop Up the Economy?

We look at the fiscal and monetary policies recently deployed amid the coronavirus pandemic to see what's working and what else needs to be done.

The U.S. government has taken extraordinary measures to address the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic through both fiscal policy (Congress deciding how much to spend, borrow, and tax) and monetary policy (the Federal Reserve's decisions on the supply of money and, therefore, inflation and interest rates).

Here are some common questions investors may have about these policies and how we think they'll work to stabilize the economy.