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March 21, 2014

Sure, The Fed is Cutting its MBS Purchases, But the Central Bank Continues to Crowd Out Other Investors

By John Bancroft

At the end of 2013, the Fed’s holdings topped the commercial banking industry’s total MBS portfolio of $1.369 trillion, and it accounted for 26.6 percent of the $5.601 billion of agency single-family MBS outstanding at that time, according to Inside MBS & ABS.

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