It's more than they can bear. After Wall Street experienced its darkest day since 1987 Thursday, policymakers scrambled to find ways to ease the global financial crunch. U.S. Congress will consider a massive rescue package later today — which includes beefed-up unemployment benefits and paid sick leave — while central banks in Japan and Europe said they'd ease lending and step up bond-buying.
Will stimulus efforts help? Analysts say it's the right move, but warn that "the fear of the unknown" trumps what might otherwise be logical responses to policy intervention.
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