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

March 14 (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 yesterday after trading from 0.07 percent to 0.28 percent and averaging 0.13 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e-mailed statement. ICAP’s monthly average is 0.113 percent.

The central bank will acquire $1 billion to $1.5 billion of Treasury Inflation Protected Securities maturing from July 2018 to February 2042. 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 keep long-term borrowing costs low.

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