Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
The Board of Governors has amended its Regulation A on Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks to reflect its approval of a decrease in the basic discount rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. The Board acted on requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks.
The amendments to part 201 (Regulation A) were effective May 15, 2001. The rate changes for adjustment credit were effective on the dates specified in 12 CFR 201.51.Start Further Info
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Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board, at (202) 452-3259, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets NW., Washington, DC 20551.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to the authority of sections 10(b), 13, 14, 19, et al., of the Federal Reserve Act, the Board has amended its Regulation A (12 CFR part 201) to incorporate changes in discount rates on Federal Reserve Bank extensions of credit. The discount rates are the interest rates charged to depository institutions when they borrow from their district Reserve Banks.
The “basic discount rate” is a fixed rate charged by Reserve Banks for adjustment credit and, at the Reserve Banks' discretion, for extended credit for up to 30 days. In decreasing the basic discount rate from 4.0 percent to 3.5 percent, the Board acted on requests submitted by the Boards of Directors of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks. The new rates were effective on the dates specified below. The 50-basis-point decrease in the discount rate was associated with a similar decrease in the federal funds rate approved by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and announced at the same time.
In a joint press release announcing these actions, the FOMC and the Board of Governors noted that a significant reduction in excess inventories seems well advanced. Consumption and housing expenditures have held up reasonably well, though activity in these areas has flattened recently.
Investment in capital equipment, however, has continued to decline. The erosion in current and prospective profitability, in combination with considerable uncertainty about the business outlook, seems likely to hold down capital spending going forward. This potential restraint, together with the possible effects of earlier reductions in equity wealth on consumption and the risk of slower growth abroad, continues to weigh on the economy.
With pressures on labor and product markets easing, inflation is expected to remain contained. Although measured productivity growth stalled in the first quarter, the impressive underlying rate of increase that developed in recent years appears to be largely intact, supporting longer-term prospects.
The FOMC continues to believe that against the background of its long-run goals of price stability and sustainable economic growth and of the information currently available, the risks are weighted mainly toward conditions that may generate economic weakness in the foreseeable future.
Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification
Pursuant to section 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), the Board certifies that the change in the basic discount rate will not have a significant adverse economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The rule does not impose any additional requirements on entities affected by the regulation.
Administrative Procedure Act
The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(b) relating to notice and public participation were not followed in connection with the adoption of the amendment because the Board for good cause finds that delaying the change in the basic discount rate in order to allow notice and public comment on the change is impracticable, unnecessary, and contrary to the public interest in fostering price stability and sustainable economic growth.
The provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(d) that prescribe 30 days prior notice of the effective date of a rule have not been followed because section 553(d) provides that such prior notice is not necessary whenever there is good cause for finding that such notice is contrary to the public interest. As previously stated, the Board determined that delaying the changes in the basic discount rate is contrary to the public interest.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 201End List of Subjects Start Amendment Part
For the reasons set out in the preamble,End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 201—EXTENSIONS OF CREDIT BY FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS (REGULATION A)End Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation forEnd Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. Section 201.51 is revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
The rates for adjustment credit provided to depository institutions under § 201.3(a) are:
|Federal Reserve Bank||Rate||Effective|
|Boston||3.5||May 16, 2001.|
|New York||3.5||May 15, 2001.|
|Philadelphia||3.5||May 17, 2001.|
|Cleveland||3.5||May 17, 2001.|
|Richmond||3.5||May 15, 2001.|
|Atlanta||3.5||May 16, 2001.|
|Chicago||3.5||May 15, 2001.|
|St. Louis||3.5||May 16, 2001.|
|Minneapolis||3.5||May 17, 2001.|
|Kansas City||3.5||May 16, 2001.|
|Dallas||3.5||May 16, 2001.|
|San Francisco||3.5||May 15, 2001.|
By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 22, 2001.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 01-13373 Filed 5-25-01; 8:45 am]
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