FEDERAL OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE Definition

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FEDERAL OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE (FOMC) is a 12-member committee consisting of the seven members of the Federal Reserve Bank and five of the 12 Federal Reserve Bank presidents. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is a permanent member while the other Federal Reserve presidents serve on a rotating basis. The committee sets objectives for the growth of money and credit that are implemented through purchases and sales of U.S. Government securi­ties in the open market. The FOMC also establishes policy relating to Federal Reserve System operations in the foreign exchange markets.

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REVENUE ANTICIPATION NOTE (RAN) is a note sold by mu­nicipalities as a temporary financing pending the arrival of certain revenues, which are then used to payoff the note. Usually the income on these notes is exempt from federal income taxes.

THIN MARKET is a market in which there is not an abun­dance of securities available, where any activity, either a purchase or sale, may have a substantial effect on market prices. See TIGHT MARKET.

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