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Meeting of Federal Open Market Committee January 14, 1969 MINUTES OF ACTIONS A meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee was held in the offices of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, January 14, 1969, at 9:30 a.m. PRESENT: Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Martin, Chairman Brimmer Daane Galusha Hickman Kimbrel Maisel Mitchell Morris Robertson Sherrill Treiber, Alternate for Mr. Hayes Messrs. Bopp, Clay, Coldwell, and Scanlon, Alternate Members of the Federal Open Market Committee Messrs. Heflin, Francis, and Swan, Presidents of the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond, St. Louis, and San Francisco, respectively Mr. Holland, Secretary Mr. Sherman, Assistant Secretary Mr. Kenyon, Assistant Secretary Mr. Broida, Assistant Secretary Mr. Hackley, General Counsel Mr. Brill, Economist Messrs. Axilrod, Hersey, Kareken, Link, Mann, Partee, Solomon, and Taylor, Associate Economists Mr. Holmes, Manager, System Open Market Account Mr. Coombs, Special Manager, System Open Market Account -2 1/14/69 Messrs. Coyne and Nichols, Special Assistants to the Board of Governors Mr. Williams, Adviser, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors Mr. Wernick, Associate Adviser, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors Mr. Keir, Assistant Adviser, Division of Research and Statistics, Board of Governors Mr. Bernard, Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary, Board of Governors Miss Eaton, Open Market Secretariat Assistant, Office of the Secretary, Board of Governors Messrs. Eisenmenger, Eastburn, Snellings, Baughman, Jones, Tow, Green, and Craven, Vice Presidents of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco, respectively Mr. Meek, Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York By unanimous vote, the minutes of actions taken at the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee held on December 17, 1968, were approved. The memorandum of discussion for the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee held on December 17, 1968, was accepted. The reports of audit of the System Open Market Account and of foreign currency transactions, made by the Board's Division of Federal Reserve Bank Operations as at the close of business on October 18, 1968, and submitted by Mr. Schaeffer, Chief Federal Reserve Examiner, were accepted. By unanimous vote, the System open market transactions in foreign currencies during the period December 17, 1968, through January 13, 1969, were approved, ratified, and confirmed. 1/14/69 By unanimous vote, the open market transactions in Government securities, agency obligations, and bankers' acceptances during the period December 17, 1968, through January 13, 1969, were approved, ratified, and confirmed. With Mr. Morris dissenting, the Federal Reserve Bank was autho rized and directed, until otherwise directed by the Committee, to execute transactions in the System Account in accordance with the following current economic policy directive: The information reviewed at this meeting suggests that expansion in real economic activity has been mod erating, with slower growth in consumer outlays but higher rates of business inventory accumulation and capital expenditures. Upward pressures on prices and costs, however, are persisting. Since the mid-December firming of monetary policy, most interest rates have risen further and, with the outstanding volume of large denomination CD's declining sharply, bank credit expansion has slowed. Growth in the money supply moderated somewhat on average in December from its rapid November pace. The U.S. foreign trade surplus remains very small but near the end of the year unusual capital inflows had a markedly favorable effect on the over-all balance of payments. In this situation, it is the policy of the Federal Open Market Committee to foster financial conditions conducive to the reduction of inflationary pressures, with a view to encour aging a more sustainable rate of economic growth and attain ing reasonable equilibrium in the country's balance of payments. To implement this policy, System open market operations until the next meeting of the Committee shall be conducted with a view to maintaining the prevailing firm conditions in money and short-term credit markets; provided, however, that operations shall be modified, to the extent permitted by the forthcoming Treasury refunding, if bank credit expansion appears to be deviating significantly from current projections. -4 1/14/69 It was agreed that the next meeting of the Committee would be held on Tuesday, February 4, 1969, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting adjourned. Secretary