Central Banking

Fed announces January start to MBS programme

The Federal Reserve on Tuesday announced that it will start the operations of its programme to purchase mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in early January.

The programme, announced on 25 November, will see the Fed purchase MBS backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae, three government sponsored financial services corporations.

The Fed said the programme was "being established to support the mortgage and housing markets and to foster improved conditions in financial markets more generally."

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