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Fed Funds Opened at 0.12%, Within Fed’s Target Range, ICAP Says

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, opened at 0.12 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.

Fed funds closed at 0.11 percent on Feb. 10 after trading from 0.05 percent to 0.18 percent and averaging 0.12 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e-mailed statement.

The central bank will acquire $1.5 billion to $2 billion of Treasuries maturing from February 2036 to November 2041. The purchases are the first in the Fed’s new program to replace $400 billion of short-term debt in its portfolio with longer-term Treasuries in an effort to reduce borrowing costs further and counter rising risks of a recession.

To contact the reporter on this story: Liz Capo McCormick in New York at emccormick7@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dave Liedtka at dliedtka@bloomberg.net

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