The Fed’s enhanced swap lines and new interventions in the Treasury market

Publication date: 30 Mar 2020 | Publication type: NIESR Discussion Paper | Theme: Macroeconomics | NIESR Author(s): Moessner, R; Allen, W. A. | JEL Classification: E52, E58 | NIESR Discussion Paper Number: 513

In March 2020, the Federal Reserve enhanced its existing swap lines with foreign central banks, and introduced additional temporary swap lines with other central banks, in order to support the smooth functioning of U.S. dollar funding markets during the coronavirus epidemic. The Federal Reserve also announced purchases of US Treasuries and agency mortgage bonds in order to support the smooth functioning of the Treasury and mortgage-backed securities market. We analyse the motivations for and the effects of these measures.

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Central bank swap lines
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