STATE OF BUSINESS: View from the Vaults

Following its philosophy of swimming against the business tides, the Federal Reserve Board moved to tighten credit slightly in two ways last week. First, it gave the Dallas Reserve Bank permission to follow San Francisco in upping its discount rate from 1¾% to 2%; the other ten districts are expected to come into line soon. Next, the Federal Reserve announced that it had reduced its holdings of short-term Treasury bills, bringing member banks' net free reserves, which had been around $500 million for five months, down to $403 million. Though the Fed's moves brought immediate talk of rising interest...

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