Forex Dictionary

Discount Rate

Discount Rate

Eight times per year the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) votes on where to set the nation's short term interest rate (i.e., "federal funds rate"). The discount rate, which is the interest rate charged to commercial banks and other depository institutions on loans they receive from their regional Federal Reserve Bank's lending facility, is usually moved in tandem with the federal funds rate, but can also be moved independently. A rising trend in interest rates has a positive effect on the nation's currency.