Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
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 decrease 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 May 7, 2008. The rate changes for primary and secondary credit were effective on the dates specified in 12 CFR 201.51, as amended.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board (202/452-3259); for users of Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact 202/263-4869.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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 decrease by 25 basis points the primary credit rate in effect at each of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, thereby decreasing from 2.50 percent to 2.25 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 3.00 percent to 2.75 percent under the secondary credit rate formula. The final amendments to Regulation A reflect these rate changes.
The 25-basis-point decrease in the primary credit rate was associated with a similar decrease in the target for the federal funds rate (from 2.25 percent to 2.00 percent) approved by the Federal Open Market Committee (Committee) and announced at the same time. A press release announcing these actions indicated that:
Recent information indicates that economic activity remains weak. Household and business spending has been subdued and labor markets have softened further. Financial markets remain under considerable stress, and tight credit conditions and the deepening housing contraction are likely to weigh on economic growth over the next few quarters.
Although readings on core inflation have improved somewhat, energy and other commodity prices have increased, and some indicators of inflation expectations have risen in recent months. The Committee expects inflation to moderate in coming quarters, reflecting a projected leveling-out of energy and other commodity prices and an easing of pressures on resource utilization. Still, uncertainty about the inflation outlook remains high. It will be necessary to continue to monitor inflation developments carefully.
The substantial easing of monetary policy to date, combined with ongoing measures to foster market liquidity, should help to promote moderate growth over time and to mitigate risks to economic activity. The Committee will continue to monitor economic and financial developments and will act as needed to promote sustainable economic growth and price stability.
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 amendments 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).Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 201End List of Subjects
Authority and IssuanceStart Amendment Part
For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board is amending 12 CFR Chapter II to read as follows: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 for part 201 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part Start Amendment Part
2. In § 201.51, paragraphs (a) and (b) are revised to read as follows:End Amendment Part
(a) Primary credit. The interest rates for primary credit provided to depository institutions under § 201.4(a) are:
|Federal Reserve Bank||Rate||Effective|
|Boston||2.25||May 1, 2008.|
|New York||2.25||April 30, 2008.|
|Philadelphia||2.25||May 1, 2008.|
|Cleveland||2.25||April 30, 2008.|
|Richmond||2.25||May 1, 2008.|
|Atlanta||2.25||April 30, 2008.|
|Chicago||2.25||April 30, 2008.|
|St. Louis||2.25||May 1, 2008.|
|Minneapolis||2.25||May 1, 2008.|
|Kansas City||2.25||April 30, 2008.|
|Dallas||2.25||May 1, 2008.|
|San Francisco||2.25||April 30, 2008.|
(b) Secondary credit. The interest rates for secondary credit provided to depository institutions under § 201.4(b) are:
|Federal Reserve Bank||Rate||Effective|
|Boston||2.75||May 1, 2008.|
|New York||2.75||April 30, 2008.|
|Philadelphia||2.75||May 1, 2008.|
|Cleveland||2.75||April 30, 2008.|
|Richmond||2.75||May 1, 2008.|
|Atlanta||2.75||April 30, 2008.|
|Chicago||2.75||April 30, 2008.|
|St. Louis||2.75||May 1, 2008.|
|Minneapolis||2.75||May 1, 2008.|
|Kansas City||2.75||April 30, 2008.|
|Dallas||2.75||May 1, 2008.|
|San Francisco||2.75||April 30, 2008.|
By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 1, 2008.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Secretary of the Board.
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.Back to Citation
[FR Doc. E8-10021 Filed 5-6-08; 8:45 am]
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