Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter-bank lending rate, opened 0.08 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e-mailed statement.
Fed funds traded from 0.05 percent to 0.3125 percent yesterday, according to data posted on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s website. The fed effective, or a volume-weighted average of rates on trades arranged by major brokers, was 0.1 percent.
The central bank will acquire $850 million to $1.1 billion Treasuries maturing from February 2036 to May 2044. The permanent open market operations 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.
The Fed will also conduct a test of an overnight fixed-rate reverse repo facility. The temporary open-market operations will use Treasuries as collateral.