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Fed Funds Projected to Open at 0.21% to 0.23%, ICAP Says

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, is projected to open in a range of 0.21 percent to 0.23 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.

Fed funds closed at 0.15 percent yesterday after trading from 0.15 percent to 0.24 percent and averaging 0.18 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e-mailed statement. ICAP’s monthly average is 0.20 percent.

The central bank will acquire Treasury notes maturing from June 2013 to November 2014 today as part of its plan to purchase $600 billion more Treasuries through June and reinvest its maturing mortgage holdings. The Fed expects to reinvest $250 billion to $300 billion of proceeds from mortgage-backed debt and agency securities into Treasuries during that time.

The central bank expects to purchase from $6 billion to $8 billion securities today, according to the New York Fed’s website.

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