The Relationship Between the Federal Funds Rate and the Fed’s Federal Funds Rate Target

ABSTRACT – It is widely believed that the Fed controls the funds rate by altering the degree of pressure in the reserve market through open market operations when it changes its target for the federal funds rate. Recently, however, several economists have suggested that open market operations may not be necessary for controlling the funds rate. Rather, they suggest that the Fed controls the funds … [ Read more ]

The Dynamic Relationship Between the Federal Funds Rate and the Treasury Bill Rate

ABSTRACT: This article examines empirically the dynamic relationship between two key US money market interest rates – the federal funds rate and the 3-month Treasury bill rate. Using daily data over the period 1974-1999, we show that a long-run no-arbitrage relationship exists between these two rates. This relationship is shown to be remarkably stable across monetary policy regimes of interest rate and monetary aggregate targeting. … [ Read more ]