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March 17, 2014

Final Tally: The Fed Grew MBS Holdings by 61 Percent in 2013

By Paul Muolo

The Fed has promised to “taper” its MBS and Treasury investments in the months ahead, but with MBS issuance on the decline because of falling originations, the central bank likely will maintain or even increase its market share of purchases.

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