Fed opts for asset purchases as liquidity solution

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The Federal Reserve is soon going to resume outright Treasury purchases to help ease routine funding pressures, chairman Jerome Powell said on October 8.

The move aims to provide a solution to last month’s volatility in secured overnight rates and is not a form of monetary easing, Powell emphasised. After much speculation, the announcement shows the Fed has – for now – opted for a fresh top-up of reserves instead of other proposed solutions.

Last month, money market rates and repo rates rose

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