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Extensions of Credit by Federal Reserve Banks

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AGENCY:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

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.

DATES:

The amendments to part 201 (Regulation A) are effective December 29, 2008. 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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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.

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SUPPLEMENTARY 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 75 basis points the primary credit rate in effect at each of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, thereby decreasing from 1.25 percent to 0.50 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 1.75 percent to 1.00 percent under the secondary credit rate formula. The final amendments to Regulation A reflect these rate changes.

The 75-basis-point decrease in the primary credit rate was associated with a decrease in the target for the federal funds rate (from 1.00 percent to a target range of 0 to 1/4 percent) approved by the Federal Open Market Committee (Committee) and announced at the same time. A press release announcing these actions indicated that:

Since the Committee's last meeting, labor market conditions have deteriorated, and the available data indicate that consumer spending, business investment, and industrial production have declined. Financial markets remain quite strained and credit conditions tight. Overall, the outlook for economic activity has weakened further.

Meanwhile, inflationary pressures have diminished appreciably. In light of the declines in the prices of energy and other commodities and the weaker prospects for economic activity, the Committee expects inflation to moderate further in coming quarters.

The Federal Reserve will employ all available tools to promote the resumption of sustainable economic growth and to preserve price stability. In particular, the Committee anticipates that weak economic conditions are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for some time.

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).

12 CFR Chapter II

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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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PART 201—EXTENSIONS OF CREDIT BY FEDERAL RESERVE BANKS (REGULATION A)

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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
Boston0.50December 17, 2008.
New York0.50December 16, 2008.
Philadelphia0.50December 18, 2008.
Cleveland0.50December 16, 2008.
Richmond0.50December 16, 2008.
Atlanta0.50December 16, 2008.
Chicago0.50December 16, 2008.
St. Louis0.50December 17, 2008.
Minneapolis0.50December 16, 2008.
Kansas City0.50December 16, 2008.
Dallas0.50December 17, 2008.
San Francisco0.50December 16, 2008.

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

Federal Reserve BankRateEffective
Boston1.00December 17, 2008.
New York1.00December 16, 2008.
Philadelphia1.00December 18, 2008.
Cleveland1.00December 16, 2008.
Richmond1.00December 16, 2008.
Atlanta1.00December 16, 2008.
Chicago1.00December 16, 2008.
St. Louis1.00December 17, 2008.
Minneapolis1.00December 16, 2008.
Kansas City1.00December 16, 2008.
Dallas1.00December 17, 2008.
San Francisco1.00December 16, 2008.
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By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, December 22, 2008.

Jennifer J. Johnson,

Secretary of the Board.

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Footnotes

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. E8-30819 Filed 12-24-08; 8:45 am]

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