“Readings on core inflation have improved modestly this year, but elevated energy and commodity prices, among other factors, may put upward pressure on inflation … some inflation risks remain”
In regards to growth they said:
“Today’s action, combined with the policy actions taken earlier, should help promote moderate growth over time.”
Taken together, this statement seems to have a relatively neutral tone. As financial markets felt 50 basis points of cuts would be required, a 25 basis point cut and a neutral statement have merely made markets nervous.
In dropping interest rates, the Fed has moved away from a situation where they will “only ease policy over our dead bodies“. However, by only cutting by 25 instead of 50 basis points, and keeping a neutral tone, they have stuck to a more responsible path regarding inflation.