New York Fed Purchases Billions in Treasury Securities

The Fed bought $7.541 billion of Treasuries in its second outright purchase of U.S. government debt in three days as part of the central bank’s efforts to lower consumer borrowing rates.

The majority of the purchase was $5.625 billion of the 1.375 percent note due March 15, 2012, that was issued this month. Seven of the 18 securities maturing from April 2011 through April 2012 listed for possible acquisition were bought. [Bloomberg]

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