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Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks

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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.


Final rule.


The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) has adopted final amendments to its Regulation A to reflect the Board's approval of a reduction in the primary credit rate at each Federal Reserve Bank. The secondary credit rate at each Reserve Bank automatically decreased by formula as a result of the Board's primary credit rate action.


The amendments to part 201 (Regulation A) are effective August 24, 2007. The rate changes for primary and secondary credit were effective on the dates specified in 12 CFR 201.51, as amended.

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Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board (202/452-3259); for users of Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact 202/263-4869.

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The Federal Reserve Banks make primary and secondary credit available to depository institutions as a backup source of funding on a short-term basis, usually overnight. The primary and secondary credit rates are the interest rates that the twelve Federal Reserve Banks charge for extensions of credit under these programs. In accordance with the Federal Reserve Act, the primary and secondary credit rates are established by the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Banks, subject to the review and determination of the Board.

The Board approved requests by the Reserve Banks to reduce by 50 basis points the primary credit rate in effect at each of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, thereby decreasing from 6.25 percent to 5.75 percent the rate that each Reserve Bank charges for extensions of primary credit. As a result of the Board's action on the primary credit rate, the rate that each Reserve Bank charges for extensions of secondary credit automatically decreased from 6.75 percent to 6.25 percent under the secondary credit rate formula. The final amendments to Regulation A reflect these rate changes.

The Board's action narrows the spread between the primary credit rate and the Federal Open Market Committee's target federal funds rate to 50 basis points. As indicated in the Board's press release announcing this action, the changes to the primary credit discount window facility are intended to promote the restoration of orderly conditions in financial markets. In addition, the press release stated:

The Board is also announcing a change to the Reserve Banks' usual practices to allow the provision of term financing for as long as 30 days, renewable by the borrower. These changes will remain in place until the Federal Reserve determines that market liquidity has improved materially. These changes are designed to provide depositories with greater assurance about the cost and availability of funding. The Federal Reserve will continue to accept a broad range of collateral for discount window loans, including home mortgages and related assets. Existing collateral margins will be maintained.

Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605(b)), the Board certifies that the new primary and secondary credit rates will not have a significantly adverse economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the final rule does not impose any additional requirements on entities affected by the regulation.

Administrative Procedure Act

The Board did not follow the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(b) relating to notice and public participation in connection with the adoption of these Start Printed Page 48549amendments because the Board for good cause determined that delaying implementation of the new primary and secondary credit rates in order to allow notice and public comment would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest in fostering price stability and sustainable economic growth. For these same reasons, the Board also has not provided 30 days prior notice of the effective date of the rule under section 553(d).

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List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 201

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Authority and Issuance

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board is amending 12 CFR Chapter II to read as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 201 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 12 U.S.C. 248(i)-(j), 343 et seq., 347a, 347b, 347c, 348 et seq., 357, 374, 374a, and 461.

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2. In § 201.51, paragraphs (a) and (b) are revised to read as follows:

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Interest rates applicable to credit extended by a Federal Reserve Bank.[1]

(a) Primary credit. The interest rates for primary credit provided to depository institutions under § 201.4(a) are:

Federal Reserve BankRateEffective
Boston5.75August 17, 2007.
New York5.75August 17, 2007.
Philadelphia5.75August 17, 2007.
Cleveland5.75August 17, 2007.
Richmond5.75August 17, 2007.
Atlanta5.75August 17, 2007.
Chicago5.75August 17, 2007.
St. Louis5.75August 20, 2007.
Minneapolis5.75August 17, 2007.
Kansas City5.75August 17, 2007.
Dallas5.75August 17, 2007.
San Francisco5.75August 17, 2007.

(b) Secondary credit. The interest rates for secondary credit provided to depository institutions under 201.4(b) are:

Federal Reserve BankRateEffective
Boston6.25August 17, 2007.
New York6.25August 17, 2007.
Philadelphia6.25August 17, 2007.
Cleveland6.25August 17, 2007.
Richmond6.25August 17, 2007.
Atlanta6.25August 17, 2007.
Chicago6.25August 17, 2007.
St. Louis6.25August 20, 2007.
Minneapolis6.25August 17, 2007.
Kansas City6.25August 17, 2007.
Dallas6.25August 17, 2007.
San Francisco6.25August 17, 2007.
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By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, August 20, 2007.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

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1.  The primary, secondary, and seasonal credit rates described in this section apply to both advances and discounts made under the primary, secondary, and seasonal credit programs, respectively.

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[FR Doc. E7-16764 Filed 8-23-07; 8:45 am]