Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, opened 0.08 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.
Fed funds closed at 0.09 percent yesterday after trading from 0.05 percent to 0.25 percent and averaging 0.07 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e-mailed statement.
The central bank will acquire $1.25 billion to $1.75 billion of Treasuries maturing from February 2036 to August 2043. The permanent open market operations are part of the Fed’s latest round of debt purchases, known as quantitative easing, aimed to keep long-term rates low and support economic growth.
The Fed may also conduct a test of an overnight fixed-rate reverse repo facility. The temporary open-market operations will use Treasuries as collateral.
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