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U.S. Fed buys $8 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none
December 1, 2016 / 7:25 PM / a year ago

U.S. Fed buys $8 billion of mortgage bonds, sells none

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve bought $8.034 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30, compared with $7.529 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday.

A security guard walks in front of an image of the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC, U.S., March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

In a move to help the housing market begun in October 2011, the U.S. central bank has been using funds from principal payments on the agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, it holds to reinvest in agency MBS.

The New York Fed said on its website the Fed sold no mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae FNMA.OB,

Freddie Mac FMCC.OB or the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae, in the latest week. It sold $100 million the prior week.

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