Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, opened 0.17 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.
Fed funds closed at 0.28 percent last night after trading from 0.15 percent to 0.50 percent and averaging 0.18 percent, according to ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker.
The central bank will buy Treasuries maturing from February 2036 to August 2042. The purchases are part of the Fed’s program to replace short-term debt in its portfolio with longer-term Treasuries in an effort to keep borrowing costs low.
The central bank plans to buy $1.75 billion to $2.25 billion of securities today, according to the New York Fed’s website.