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 0.13 percent yesterday after trading from 0.09 percent to 0.3125 percent and averaging 0.13 percent, according to ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker. ICAP’s monthly average is 0.111 percent.
The central bank will acquire $4.25 billion to $5 billion of Treasuries maturing from February 2020 to November 2021. The purchases are part of the Fed’s 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.