WASHINGTON - Prompt release of the minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee would not necessarily harm the bond market and might actually help stabilize prices, according to some economists, at top Wall Street firms.

Their views are in sharp contrast to what Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan told the House Banking Committee last week, when he said policymakers need to continue the current practice of waiting six weeks to release FOMC minutes. His comments came in testimony against proposed Fed reform legislation.

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