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Glossary Term: FEDERAL FUNDS RATE

Definition(s) for FEDERAL FUNDS RATE:


1. ) The rate of interest charged for the use of federal funds.

2. ) Interest rate charged by banks with excess reserves at a Federal Reserve district bank to banks needing overnight loans to meet reserve requirements. The federal funds rates is the most sensitive indicator of the direction of interest rates, since it is set daily by the market, unlike the Prime Rate and the Discount Rate, which are periodically changed by banks and by the Federal Reserve Board. See also Fedwire, Discount Rate, Prime Rate.



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