Money: Another Signal

The Federal Reserve Board's increase in the discount rate from 4% to 4½% in November was primarily a reaction to international pressures on the dollar created by the devaluation of the British pound. Many observers saw it also as a domestic signal that the Fed was disturbed by inflationary pressures that continued to rise even as Congress was refusing to pass a surtax. Last week Federal Reserve Chairman William McChesney Martin and his governors tipped another signal that they are worried about inflation. The board ordered an increase in the reserves...

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