The Federal Reserve's headquarters in Washington, D.C. What goes on inside there is of intense interest to investors. Karen Bleier /AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Karen Bleier /AFP/Getty Images The Two-Way Why Does Anyone Care About Minutes Of Weeks-Old Fed Meetings? April 11, 2013 The central bank made a mistake. It sent minutes from its most recent policy meeting to a small group of influential institutions, including some major banks, a day earlier than scheduled. But the minutes are always weeks old. Why are they important? Because they contain clues to the Fed's thinking.