The Fed pumps another $75 billion into markets and says more cash is on the way
- The Federal Reserve ended the week with yet another attempt to calm money markets and an announcement that more injections were on the way.
- The central bank pumped another $75 billion into financial markets Friday and announced a schedule for further repo operations.
- This week marked the first time the central bank had taken such steps since the global financial crisis 10 years ago.
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The Federal Reserve ended the week with yet another attempt to calm money markets and an announcement that more injections were on the way.After pumping another $75 billion into financial markets Friday, the New York Federal Reserve announced it would continue special operations in an attempt to keep interest rates in their intended range. Short-term rates had shot up as high as 10% at the beginning of the week, threatening to disrupt the bond market and the overall lending system. Advertisement
After that point, policymakers planned to "conduct operations as necessary to help maintain the federal funds rate in the target range, the amounts and timing of which have not yet been determined."In three separate market operations Tuesday through Thursday, the central bank had offered a total of $203 billion in repos. This week marked the first time the central bank had taken such steps since the global financial crisis 10 years ago.
"Funding pressures in money markets were elevated this week, and the effective federal funds rate rose above the top of its target range," he said. "While these issues are important for market functioning and market participants, they have no implications for the economy or the stance of monetary policy."
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