Fed Minutes Released Early

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The Federal Reserve released the minutes of its latest Federal Open Markets Committee Meeting earlier than planned Wednesday, a day after the transcripts were inadvertently sent out to a select few.

They were released at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday instead of their anticipated release at 2 p.m. ET.

According to the Fed, about 100 congressional staffers and trade lobbyists received the minutes sometime after 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The Fed has contacted the Securities and Exchange and Commodity Futures Trading commissions and its inspector general to see if there was any trading tied to the early release of information.

The Fed minutes are closely watched by the market for the insight they offer on Fed policy.

The minutes released Wednesday showed that some Federal Reserve policy makers are growing worried about the risks associated with the central banks' aggressive monetary stimulus, although most members still view the dangers as "manageable" now.

(Read More: Some Fed Members Fear Monetary Policy Effects)

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