April 10, 2013, 9:33 a.m. EDT Fed sent minutes early to staffers, trade groups By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) â The Federal Reserve on Wednesday confessed to sending out market-moving minutes from the last interest-rate-setting meeting to Hill staffers and trade groups a day early. The Fed moved up the release of the minutes by five hours, to 9 a.m. Eastern.Read more on the Fed minutes âThe reason is they were inadvertently sent early to a list of individuals who normally receive the minutes by email shortly after their usual release time,â a Fed spokesman said in a statement. âThe individuals on the distribution list -- primarily congressional employees and employees of trade organizations -- received the minutes shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.â The release raises the specter of insider trading, though there is no obvious evidence of it. The minutes did signal a central bank that is waiting for better labor-market data before reducing the rate of bond purchases, with no clear indication of how much the current $85 billion per month of Treasury- and mortgage-backed securities would be reduced if jobs data were to improve. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/fed-sent-minutes-early-to-staffers-trade-groups-2013-04-10-9103209 What a bunch of bozos.