Fed Funds Projected to Open at 0.15% to 0.17%, ICAP Says

Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, is projected to open at 0.15 percent to 0.17 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.

Fed funds closed at 0.28 percent yesterday after trading from 0.11 percent to 0.28 percent and averaging 0.15 percent, according to ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker.

The central bank will acquire $1.25 billion to $1.75 billion Treasuries maturing from February 2036 to February 2043. The transactions are part of the Fed’s latest round of debt purchases, known as quantitative easing, aimed to keep long-term rates low and support economic growth.