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Fed Funds Projected to Open at 0.1% to 0.14%, ICAP Says

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March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, is projected to open in a range of 0.1 percent to 0.14 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.

Fed funds closed at 0.28 percent on March 2 after trading from 0.06 percent to 0.28 percent and averaging 0.11 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e-mailed statement. ICAP’s monthly average is 0.11 percent.

The central bank will sell $1 billion to $1.5 billion of Treasury Inflation Protected Securities maturing from July 2012 to January 2015. The sales 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.

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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