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April 12, 2013

Fed leaks rate-setting minutes to banks

The Federal Reserve leaked the minutes of its last rate-setting meeting to bank lobbyists as well as congressional aides and trade associations.

On Wednesday the Fed published its March minutes in the morning rather than the afternoon as had been scheduled. The central bank said it was doing so because they had already been accidentally released on Tuesday afternoon to a distribution list, comprising “mostly congressional staffers and trade association members in Washington”.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, the Fed published that list, which included lobbyists at Goldman SachsJPMorgan Chase and Citigroup, among other banks.

Though the list was predominantly comprised of staffers to members of Congress, it also included a significant number of employees working for banks, opening the possibility that they could have passed on the information to traders.”

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