The Federal Reserve, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Danmarks Nationalbank,
the Norges Bank and the Sveriges Riksbank have announced the establishment
of temporary reciprocal currency arrangements (swap lines) to address elevated
pressures in U.S. dollar short-term funding markets.
These facilities, like those already in place with other central banks, are designed to improve liquidity conditions in global financial markets. Central banks continue to work together during this period of market stress and are prepared to take further steps as the need arises.
The Federal Open Market Committee has authorized the establishment of new swap facilities with the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Sveriges Riksbank, the Danmarks Nationalbank and the Norges Bank. These new facilities will support the provision of U.S. dollar liquidity in amounts of up to $10 billion each by the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Sveriges Riksbank and in amounts of up to $5 billion each by the Danmarks Nationalbank and the Norges Bank.
These new facilities represent a $30 billion addition to the $247 billion previously authorized temporary reciprocal currency arrangements with other central banks: European Central Bank ($110 billion), Bank of Japan ($60 billion), Bank of England ($40 billion), Swiss National Bank ($27 billion) and Bank of Canada ($10 billion).
These reciprocal currency arrangements have been authorized through January 30, 2009.
See the press release for full details.