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September 10, 2014

Banks Increased Holdings of Residential MBS in 2Q, Thrifts See a Reduction

By John Bancroft

Although the Federal Reserve has tapered its agency MBS purchases significantly, the central bank continued to grow its holdings during the second quarter.

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