Fed funds closed at 0.1 percent yesterday after trading from 0.1 percent to 0.18 percent and averaging 0.14 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e- mailed statement. ICAP’s monthly average is 0.135 percent.
The Fed will hold two separate purchases of U.S. debt today as part of its plan to replace $400 billion of short-term debt in its portfolio with longer-term Treasuries to reduce borrowing costs further and counter rising risks of a recession.
Beginning at 10:15 a.m. New York time, the central bank will buy Treasuries due from February 2036 to February 2042. The Fed plans to purchase $1.5 billion to $2 billion of securities, according to the New York Fed’s website. This operation will close at 11 a.m.
Starting at 1:15 p.m. and ending at 2 p.m., the Fed will purchase Treasuries maturing from April 2018 to February 2020. The central bank will purchase from $4.25 billion to $5 billion of Treasuries in this maturity range.
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