Fed Fund Open at 0.17%, Within Target Range, According to ICAP

Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter- bank lending rate, opened at 0.17 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.

Fed funds closed at 0.1 percent yesterday after trading from 0.1 percent to 0.18 percent and averaging 0.15 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e- mailed statement.

The central bank will acquire Treasury Inflation Protected Securities maturing from January 2019 to February 2042. The purchases are part of the Fed’s program to replace short-term debt in its portfolio with longer-term Treasuries in an effort to keep borrowing costs low.

The central bank plans to purchase between $1 and $1.5 billion securities today, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s website.

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