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Volume 2014 - Number 4

January 31, 2014

Downloads Available: Fed Agency MBS Activity - 2012-14

‘Taper’ Proceeds Apace as the FOMC Scales Back Its Market Support by Another $10 Billion

The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee fulfilled investor expectations this week by voting to reduce its support of the financial markets by another $10 billion overall, starting next month. That will reduce its targeted monthly increase in its agency MBS portfolio from $35 billion to “just” $30 billion. With new production of agency MBS falling more quickly than the central bank’s targeted purchases, the Fed may actually be taking a larger chunk of the market. When the Fed announced a $5 billion per month reduction in its MBS growth target in November, actual agency MBS issuance declined by more than twice as much, $11.3 billion, from the previous month. The FOMC said...[Includes one data chart]

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After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


Not in my lifetime.


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