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Fed Announces Open-Ended Bond Purchases – QE3

September 13, 2012

The Federal Reserve on Thursday announced that it is launching a new Quantitative Easing 3 (QE3) program, saying it will buy $40 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities each month as long as the economy needs it, starting Friday.

It’s also keeping in place so-called Operation Twist, which consists of swapping short-dated securities for longer-term securities, as well as reinvesting the proceeds of maturing securities, so the central bank will be adding $85 billion of long-term securities each month through the end of the year.

The Fed is also extending its plan to keep interest rates exceptionally low until at least through mid-2015. Fed funds rates are currently targeted at a rate between 0% and 0.25%.

 

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