April 16, 2015 / 6:08 PM / 4 years ago

U.S. Fed buys $10.3 billion of mortgage bonds, sells $1.5 billion

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve bought $10.347 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week

from Apr. 9 to Apr. 15, compared with $6.459 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Thursday.

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 $1.5 billion in mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae,

Freddie Mac or the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae,

in the latest week. It sold none the prior week.

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