Federal Reserve is likely to preach patience as consumers, markets look ahead to rate cuts 

FEDERAL RESERVE Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks during his appearance before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Federal Reserve is set this week to leave interest rates unchanged for a fifth straight time. / ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO / MARK SCHIEFELBEIN

WASHINGTON (AP) – Across the United States, many people are eagerly anticipating the Federal Reserve’s first cut to its benchmark interest rate this year: Prospective home buyers hope for lower mortgage rates. Wall Street traders envision higher stock prices. Consumers are looking for a break on credit card debt at record-high interest rates.  Not to mention

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