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Fed Funds Projected to Open at 0.13% to 0.17%, ICAP Says

May 14, 2012

Fed funds, the U.S. overnight inter- bank lending rate, is projected to open in a range of 0.13 percent to 0.17 percent, within the Federal Reserve’s target of zero to 0.25 percent.

Fed funds closed at 0.11 percent on May 11 after trading from 0.08 percent to 0.28 percent and averaging 0.15 percent, ICAP Plc, the world’s largest inter-dealer broker, said in an e- mailed statement. ICAP’s monthly average is 0.156 percent.

The central bank will acquire $4.25 billion to $5 billion of Treasuries maturing from May 2018 to February 2020. The purchases are the first in the Fed’s new 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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